Play online chess for free.

We're creating a modern web-based interface for the Free Internet Chess Server (FICS) — one of the oldest internet chess server with over 800,000 registered accounts. At The Free Chess Club, you have access to online chess, puzzles, tournaments and analysis — right within your browser!



Alternatively, extend your chess experience beyond the browser with our cross-platform desktop client. Try out The Free Chess Club Desktop App:

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Modern web client

Access the Free Internet Chess Server (FICS) without the hassle of downloading and installing a chess client. The Free Chess Club's web-based client lets you play a quick game of online chess anywhere.

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Maximum Chess

Learn to play chess, solve chess puzzles, participate in daily tournaments, play different variants at all levels, play with a computer and watch relayed games. Maximum chess—guaranteed!

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Vibrant Community

At The Free Chess Club, you are a part of a vast community of chess experts and enthusiasts, with free access to a host of channels involving engaging discussions on a variety of topics.

What a great interface for chess enthusiasts ... The best of web meets the best of chess.

MoosMutz - Senior Administrator, FICS

A new web-based interface for connecting to FICS has been needed for a long time. We really appreciate this work to make a new web-browser interface for FICS a reality.

mattuc - Senior Administrator, FICS

This looks really good ... This could clearly be the best web/mobile FICS UI.