LightFICS is the Lightweight Solution for (FICS) App for Mac

If there’s Raptor, a great FICS desktop client for Mac, for advanced users, fortunately, there’s LightFICS for newbies. What’s more, apparently it’s lightweight from all the bells and whistles. You pretty much have to log in and play.

The app actually looks promising, although personally, I still have to try it out. Moreover, I liked the brown and cream squares color combination for the chess board.


Check out more details that I copied from the website below:

LightFICS is an online chess application to play on (known as FICS) using Mac OS X. It offers a minimalistic look in order to maximize concentration on a chess game. is an internet chess server with one of the oldest communities in online chess. LightFICS software brings seamless access for new players using Mac OS. Its clean UI is very easy to use, and it helps you to focus on the game. The app provides a resizable chess board and a native Mac experience.


  • autoconnects to using a remembered password stored in Keychain
  • play a chess game online with a single click using last saved parameters
  • copy-paste PGN of a played game to analyse with chess programs
  • play chess in fullscreen

Requires Mac OS X 10.8 or a newer Mac OS.

Download it now from the Mac App Store:




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3 thoughts on “LightFICS is the Lightweight Solution for (FICS) App for Mac”

    1. But tell us, why would we pay $4.99 for a software when all it does is connect to FICS server, which we can also do with a free alternative like Raptor Chess?

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