I am constantly surprised, when talking on-line chess with people, how many haven't heard of FICS or BabasChess - one of the many clients that interfaces with FICS. In the next few posts, I'll discuss setting up BabasChess to look like Fritz and then how to log onto to FICS and issue simple commands. For me, having a nice interface really enhances the on-line playing experience.
A number of years ago, I found someone who was able to configure BabasChess to look like Fritz' board. I really liked that setup. I've had my set up the same ever since.
Download and install BabasChess (click here).
Download this zip file to get the data needed for this theme (click here)
Extract the files under the Data directory to their proper folders. In other words, go to the Data directory where BabasChess was installed on your PC and then copy the data from the zip folder to the matching folder. So the file in the Fonts directory in the zip file will go in the Fonts directory in the Data file.
Import the BabasFritz.bcpref theme from the zip file. Click 'File' then 'Import Preferences' then choose the BabasFritz.bcpref file.
Click on the 'Preferences' button in BabasChess (or hit F11) and configure the board settings as per the screen shot below
If the setup worked it should look very similar to the Fritz Wood setup
The first screen shot is Fritz while the second is BabasChess configured to look like Fritz.