FICS - Free Internet Chess Server
8708 31ST Ave N
New Hope
Mn 55427
Play chess on the web for free.
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The Free Internet Chess Server, with over 300000 registered users, is one of the oldest and one of the largest internet chess servers. Whether serious with your chess or just looking for the occasional game, whether looking for another player or eager to challenge a strong computer, whether you like a blitz chess or you are fond of one of the many variants, here you can play chess over the internet for free.
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Starting on November 9th FICS will relay the World Championship between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana.
For official broadcast and premium subscription please visit Part of the premium subscription fee will go to the Prize Fund of the event. This broadcasting of the moves is subject to World Chess Policy. Unauthorized broadcasting of chess moves is prohibited. For more information, please visit

Register now for free and reserve your handle forever. You will receive a rating. Moreover you will be able to play our online tournaments, save games for later analysis or have your games annotated by the Teaching Ladder reviewers.
Don't want to run your browser everytime you want to connect to FICS? Is the graphics of the web interface not of your liking? Download one of the interfaces developed by our users and decide for yourself which one you prefer.

Quick Guide
New to FICS and need some help? Read our quick guide to find everything you may need to get started. For further help do not hesitate to contact us.
Teaching Ladder
Do you want to improve your play? Join the FICS Teaching Ladder and submit your games to be annotated by stronger players.
With over 10000 games relayed live in the last year FICS has covered most of the major tournaments played in the world. Come online to follow the games of your favourite players in real time.
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Last modified: Thu Nov 8 14:07:51 GMT 2018