Description

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.

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

Crafty engine analysis is available when observing and examining. 50 chess videos to watch in app for members or trials.

Variety of setting. 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 if desired. For members there's a channels window to quickly join and chat on channels.

Ratings and Reviews

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

The developer, Michael Adams, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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