FICS Walkthrough


The internet has great capabilities for connecting people from all over the world. This chess server is one way for networking individuals who enjoy chess. Other FREE chess servers (at least those we know about) are listed in the adresses file.

Among other things, a chess server allows users to play chess matches against each other, as well as communicate with each other. The chess server (computer) is programmed to send players' chess moves and messages to the right users. It also keeps track of various information.

In order to use the features, you need to type various commands. In general, commands do one of five things:

  • (a) help you play a chess match intro_playing
  • (b) send a message to one or more users intro_talking
  • (c) display information to you intro_information
  • (d) modify one of your settings, variables or notes intro_settings
  • (e) have the server perform a special function intro_special

    Certain commands are restricted to server administrators admins and cannot be used by regular users.

    Some features are only available for registered users. Only registered users can have rated chess games, have games stored after adjournment, have finger notes, and communicate using shout, kibitz and message (see intro_talking help file). If you intend to visit the server often, you will enjoy your visit more as a registered user. Registration on this and any FICS server is FREE of charge see register

    New users might want to start off with simple features and gradually learn about the other functions as they go along. To get a description of a particular command, type "help [command]" -- without the square brackets, of course. For example, "help match" will give you information about the match command. NOTE: you do not have to type the entire command in order to use it or read its help file; typing the first few letters will work in most cases.

    I'd like to thank the A-FICS admin Friar for making these well documented help files. I only converted the lot to what you are seeing now :-)

    See Also:

    addresses adm_info finger intro_basics intro_information
    intro_settings intro_special intro_talking intro_welcomeregister