iconLantern Chess a Chessclub.com Interface

Runs on Mac Linux and Windows with Java - minimum version 6.
Search for Oracle Java Runtime to get modern Java if not installed.
Right click jar downloaded and choose open with Java or Jar Launcher or double click jar file.

Download Version: Lantern 5.92 - now compatible with Java 9

Author Mike Adams Email: LanternBugs at gmail
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Lantern iOS and Lantern on Android

No Chessclub account and want to try Lantern, choose Guest In the Connection Dialog and play for Free.

Click the Lantern Chess Screenshot For Full Size

Crazyhouse and Bughouse - Olive Board
crazyhouse and bughouse support
Activities Window with Seeks, Notify and Event List
event list, seeks graph, top games to watch
Chess Engine Analysis - Wood-5 Board
chess engine analysis in lantern interface
Wallpaper and Lookup User Popup
Wallpaper - Lookup User View
Customizable Board Colors, Fonts and Board Window.
seek a chess game dialog and customizable board
Cirlces and Arrows - Winter Board
chess board in interface

Client for ICC that runs on Mac, Linux and Windows

Lantern is a free open source interface to ICC. Chessclub.com users download a client to connect to the server.

Interface Features

  • Load UCI chess engines such as Stockfish(stockfishchess.org/download/) - Display multiple lines of analysis - Customize analysis background foreground and font - Includes a built in Chess Openings Book - Chess Engine Analysis
    chess engine analysis snapshot
  • Open Pgn files, logs played games to a Pgn file, can log all observed games to Pgn
  • Over a dozen board and piece choices for use in online play. Customize board colors and font sizes - tabbed chess board with simul support and board console(which can be moved to side of board for largest board sizes)
  • Both multi console and chat tabs supported - can group multiple channels on tabs - can have a different font on each tab - Set every channel and text color - Set the main application wallpaper or background color
  • Toolbar with easy access to User Buttons, Notify Window, Activities Window, Seek Graph and Top Games to watch - Pool buttons(such as 5-minute) on toolbar
  • Supports all chess variants on ICC including Crazyhouse(only Mac interface with Crazyhouse), Checkers and Bughouse -- had a piece pallette in examine mode to set up chess positions - circles and arrows while examining
  • Select a name in console for a menu of context commands to look at the players profile, history or library, challenge them or observe them
  • Actions menu to show users recent game, library or adjourned games, look at users profile, show rating graphs, follow broadcast - Game menu has enter examination mode, examine last game

Different Boards Click For Full Size

Crampled Paper Board CCube Pieces
Board with CCube Chess Pieces
Purple Board with Xboard Pieces
Purple Chess Board
Light Wood Board with Fantasy Pieces
Light Wood Chess Board with Fantasy Pieces

Customizable Analysis Colors

Wood-4 Board with Alpha Pieces
Wood-4 Board with Alpha Pieces and White analysis background
Gray Marble Board Eboard Classic Pieces
Gray Marble Board and Eboard Classic Pieces
Red Marble Board with Bookup Pieces
Red Marble Board and Bookup Pieces

Built in Chess Openings Book on Options menu - click for full size.

Wood-4 Board with Alpha Pieces and White analysis background and  opening book view

Lantern is a Java Interface to ICC

Install Java, minimum version 6, if not installed to use Lantern. Java can be off in web browsers. Only versions 5.82 and later work on Java 9. Java is no longer installed by default on Mac.

Additional Information

Lantern Chess can be used for a free trial on chessclub.com. See validating a PayPal trial if you do not allready have an account. There is a temporary hold by ICC of $0.01 in order to validate. Lantern Software is free.

Of interest, project contributor Andrey, my BlitzIn plugins

Prior to starting this interface, I made the Pulsar Chess Program which plays chess and variants such as Atomic, Crazyhouse, Losers, Three Checks, Chess960, and Giveaway. This is an iOS version as well.

Source Code

Lantern is a GPL program. Unzip the same jar file you downloaded to get at Source Code and License. We are on github.com at lanternicc

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