Welcome and thank you for choosing to play on the Free Internet Chess
Server (FICS). FICS is run by the main developers of the server. We
are committed to providing support to all our users, whether they are
registered or not. All our support is provided by qualified
volunteers. Really tricky questions are answered by the developers
of the various components of the server.
If you are completely new to FICS, the perfect starting point to
become aquantied with the server, is our
where you can find instructions on how to register, communicate with
other users, in particular how to receive help online, play a game and
all other basic things you will need to know to get started on FICS.
Another excellent document to consult, if you cannot find a solution
in the Quick Guide, is our
Frequently Asked Questions
page, which contains the answer to all the most common problems.
Experienced users who want to know the gory details can browse
which provide a detailed description, inclusive of many examples,
of every command and configuration variable avalable on FICS.
In the unfortunate case where no solution can be found in the
online documentation, you can email us at
One of our Service Representatives will reply directly to you,
usually within a few minutes, either with the answer to your problem,
or asking you further details to help us find a solution. In
order to allow speedy and efficient processing of your query,
please avoid sending the emails as attachments, and make sure
to turn HTML off in your mailing program.