Play, watch, and chat on the Internet Chess Club as a member or as a guest with no signup. Anyone can 'Connect as Guest' and play unrated. We support Dark Mode and have a black board option in settings and Crafty engine analysis now available when examining or observing. Lantern now has tournament support.

There is computer play option on board against the Pulsar Chess Engine that support chess and chess960 with levels and some other variants. This is available offline as well and with no internet. There is also an opening studies view option on board with an opening book explorer, engine analysis and load PGN. All games played in app are also saved to PGN and can be opened in this view.

For members there is the ability to have multiple games up at once and move between them with next and previous buttons such as multiple observe boards or examining and observing. Engine analysis is available when observing and examining. Guests can examine games too and examine last game is an option on Action menu of board. . Also for members numerous options to choose from on board like videos to watch or top games or broadcast games to observe.

There is settings tab with board and pieces choices and options like premove or moving between touch touch and drag move can be set in settings.

Lantern's board is accessible for the blind and visually impaired using Voice Over. With Voice Over on in device settings users can tap on a square to have it said what's on a square and double tap selects. Moves are announced as well with Voice Over. We are in 5 languages including Spanish and Voice Over will use device language setting.

The console can be used to chat or send commands but no commands are needed to get started playing with our Find a Game option on board menu. For members there's a channels window to quickly join and chat on channels.

We have a play bots option on board for guests and members and tactical and endgame training is available.

The internal chess engine offers chess at multiple levels as well as five chess variants: Crazyhouse, Loser's Chess, Atomic Chess, Three Checks, and Giveaway(also known as Suicide Chess). Change from chess to a variant or modify difficulty in the engine board's "Game" menu - new game.

On the openings study board the user makes moves to see what the openings in the database are or touches moves in table. The database is made from high rated FIDE games(both players rated over 2300). There is also Crafty chess engine analysis. Users can add notes to positions and mark moves with colors(green, yellow, red). The control bar on the Openings Board brings up these options.

What’s New

Version 2.70

Challenge Popups with Accept or Decline. This can be turned off on Settings tab
Join Tournaments option on Board tab

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Dtrasatti ,

Great Interface!

Awesome interface. I realize it’s an ICC client, but is it possible to adapt to FICS?

I’d love support for this since there is no reliable iOS app to speak of that will let you access this server.

Developer Response ,

I want to keep Lantern always an ICC app. But if you contact support I can share some info about a new iOS App i'm working on for the App Store with FICS support. Support link shows on app store page next to privacy policy. Any new apps I do will show in more by me on app store page as well. Thanks for being a customer.

DuckStorm ,

Great for Online Chess

This is a advanced power-tool for accessing the paid subscription service of The Internet Chess Club. I like that the app offers both a nice graphical chess board and a powerful command-based console that exposes the full range of features available at the club without too many "frills". With that said, this app is for advanced users. People wanting a fancy graphical interface with menus, buttons, etc, should try "Chess at ICC" instead. This app is for people know already belong to the Internet Chess Club, know what they're doing, and want an interface similar to the club's advanced BlitzIn interface.

Developer Response ,

We have quite a few menus now since the version you reviewed. I'd encourage you to try a newer version. Play is particularly simple, just go to Board's 'Options' menu and select find an opponent for a tabbed view with a seek graph, post a seek and pool buttons.

dwisecup ,

Stable ICC Client

Simple and intuitive. Much more stable than ICC's provided client.
Only complaint is it will disconnect you if you minimize the app which is unfortunate if you play in any pools.
Needs premove support.

I recommend the app.

Developer Response ,

Happy to hear the positive comments. Premove is now possible to enable in settings.

App Privacy

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Michael Adams
45.2 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Age Rating


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