There is xboard and eboard. Xboard is more basic, eboard has more features and seems easier.
- Start eboard
Peer -> connect to FICS. Enter a name for yourself (it has to be something that isn't taken yet) (use "guest" for a randomly named guest), and hit enter twice. Tell us what your login name is.
There is a console window to type stuff in and main board window to play/observe in.
Alternatively, use xboard:
xboard -ics -icshost freechess.org
- You will be asked for a login name as above -- again, choose whatever you want, or type "guest".
Playing a game
To play a pacticular person, do match TheirName.
To play a game with particular parameters, do match TheirName [game time in minutes] [increment per move in seconds]. See help match for more information. There are more game types and stuff.
- The other player types "agree"
To avoid seeing lots of annoying chatting between people, type set shout off in the console.
To avoid seeing lots game ads, type set seek off in the console. Both this one and the previous one will go away once you join a game.
- Listen to classical music while playing!
Observing a game