Pearl Chess on FICS

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These are release versions on Windows and Mac. Go here for a free lifetime account at FICS. It is arguably the world's oldest chess server decending from the original ICS server dating to 92 or earlier. It is also still a place to play online with games on its seek graph and offers a different experience than the conventional chess servers. With the new clients, Diamond and Pearl Chess and also for the web app which is the Login Now option, I'm hoping to revitalize FICS and let it grow again, but word needs to get out. Unrated no signup play as a guest also possible. Anyone adding games to the graph is welcome.

Windows Download

On Windows it is recommended to get Pearl from the Microsoft Store in order to get updates.

Pearl-1.0.6.msi is the direct installer though this is less frequently downloaded. Updated May 3rd 2023. 64 bit and 105 Meg

Mac Download

PearlChess1.0m.dmg is our signed installer on Mac. Just run and drag Lantern to the Applications folder. 95 Meg

Linux Download

For Linux PearlChess1.0n.jar . Runs with Java 8 or later. Download is one file and GPL. Make jar executable and launch jar with java. 31 Meg

Diamond on Mobile

My Mobile client for iOS and Android is available on a seperate page Also searching Diamond Chess on a phone or tablet or Chomebook in App Store or Play Store will find it.

Pearl Chess board and console

Resuming games now supported and variant support now for all variants including crazyhouse, except bughouse. In wild fr, fischer random, the user must type castle moves, oo or ooo, in console.

Pearl Chess includes Stockfish Engine Analysis when examining finished games or observing games, an opening explorer, a toolbar for easy access to both, game logging, open game log files, a seek graph and is highly customizable allowing any color to be set or a wallpaper used.

Open Source This is a version of Lantern that will run on FICS.

Privacy Policy

For support contact lanternbugs at gmail. The old Lantern bug reporting account is still used for support for all my apps.