I decided to play a few games on FICS, and I really loved jin's interface. Is there any way to tweak it so that I can connect to chess.com's server? (Or using any other interface, for that matter. In particular, are you absolutely forced to play in-browser at chess.com?)

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The chess.com business model depends on locking people into using their site to play through in order to convince those users to purchase subscriptions to the site (just as is the case with Chessbase's Playchess site, the ICC, FIDE Online Arena and several others). Opening up access to their API (they do have one for their smartphone apps) in the way you suggest could be readily used to break through those commercial barriers. Which is a round about way of saying, no, there's not much chance of using any other program with their site.

  • Probably they could allow using third party clients only for subscribers.
    – JiK
    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:37
  • They could, but that would require effort. I'd wager they won't go to that effort.
    – Ben
    Aug 31, 2014 at 9:38

Is there any way to tweak it so that I can connect to chess.com's server?

Of course. Just use Fiddler to monitor the HTTP traffic to chess.com from your desktop/mobile phone/tablet to see how it can be done. It is technically possible.



I don't think there currently is a way judging from the discussion in the following link:


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