I’m not sure how many people who read this play on FICS, but I’m hoping some of you do. For Mac users, I’m pretty sure “Raptor” is where it’s at. As far as graphics go, it is clean, simple, and the features are user friendly. It also shows you what variation you are playing as you play, which is pretty wonderful.
As a threshold issue I should add, FICS (free internet chess server) is identical to ICC in basically every way- you can even use the same clients- but you don’t have to pay for it. ’nuff said.
So, my question to you dear readers is this: what is the best client for a PC user? At the moment, I have babaschess, raptor, and jin, but I’m not thrilled with any of them. Raptor takes on a distractingly gross aesthetic in a PC environment (i guess that’s true of all things p.c. but somehow here it is even more pronounced.) Babaschess is what I have been using, but I’m not thrilled with it either. In any case, if anyone knows of another thread on a forum somewhere discussing this topic, or a list of a good clients or has any suggestions, hit me up in the comments.
I apologize for this post without any real content, but I’m desperate here.