A Marathon Event

A summary of the Summer Marathon with a little analysis.
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Yesterday, on August 1st, Lichess held its quarterly marathon tournament - a 24 hour event among the largest in online chess. This edition was at the 1+0 bullet time control, and boasted 20,703 entrants, with 18,488 players playing 445,635 games and 31,222,745 moves. It was also one of the strongest marathons we've ever had, with 340 titled players and 900 players rated 2300+ all battling it out for the sought after "top 100" finisher trophies. GM Zaven Andriasian (
https://youtube.com/watch?v=v=jYn3JVY1hkk

for almost 12 hours - only to be pipped to the post in the final hour by GM Andrew Tang (@penguingim1) who was also streaming. Both players reached an incredible 1600+ points in the arena, and to place in the top 100 players required 751 points. This begs the question, what does it take to reach these heights?

Of the top 100 finishers, the fewest total games played was 239 by the 63rd placed IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia (@Nyxnyxnyxnyxnyx) who spent just over 6 hours in games during the event. In the whole event, approximately 1.5 million person-minutes were spent in game (2.85 years), with each participant playing for an average of around 1 hour 10 minutes. Of course, time spent playing isn't all you need: see the plot below for games played vs finishing position, the colour represents players' initial ratings. The highest rated (yellow) players along the left hand edge do the best for lower numbers of games, but putting the hours in pays off too, with the darker streak to the right hand side showing those persevering warriors.

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It's a similar story for playtime versus placement, with some tireless folk playing up to 1300 minutes of a total 1440 possible in the event!

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So, how tough is the fight for those trophies? If we take a simple plot of finishing position (log scale) vs score we can see a pretty clear relationship for how many games you need to play to gain places. The log scale means that as you go up the rankings it takes more and more points to gain places. The shallower the gradient, the harder the battle, the steeper it is, the easier it is to gain places. there's a significant deflection around the 100th place in the rankings, competition is much tougher in the places just shy of the trophy places, unsurprising maybe but interesting to see the data nonetheless!

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We hope everyone enjoyed the event, and we look forward to the next one!

 
An increasingly common occurrence

Alireza notches up another TA win
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It was only a mere two years ago when a young International Master played in his first Titled Arena ever. While already a force to be reckoned with (He placed 7th in that arena and secured his final GM norm one month later!), few could confidently predict the meteoric rise that the young Iranian superstar would soon embark on with regards to his rating, his fame, and most importantly, his accomplishments. In this month’s Blitz Titled Arena, GM Alireza Firouzja (
https://youtube.com/watch?v=v=BaFwuA2h-0k

)
2nd: GM @Watneg
3rd: GM Oleksandr Bortnyk (@Night-King96)
4th: GM Zaven Andriasian (@Zaven_ChessMood)
5th: GM Maksim Chigaev (@Fandorine96)

As always, thanks to the players, viewers and streamers for making this event not only possible but a joy to be a part of. Congratulations to GM Alireza Firouzja once again and the rest of the winners.

 
A Commanding Performance

Alireza takes home another gold for his collection
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This month's bullet Titled Arena saw over 600 players battling it out for their share of the $1k prize pool, but more importantly the bragging rights of being the TA Champion for a month. The usual suspects lined up, but after strong starts from GM Inventing_invention and GM Arka50, GM Alireza Firouzja established an unassailable lead, seemingly cruising to victory.

It wasn't a weak field though, for example with previous winners @Konevlad, recently revealed as GM Vladislav Artemiev, and world champion Magnus Carlsen both playing. The latter also streamed the event and despite a bumpy start ended up in a strong 2nd place.

Another strong contender was GM Anish Giri, but he decided to withdraw after a berserk win against Magnus. Maybe not competing for the TA supremacy but rather, victory in the ongoing Twitter rivalry.

You can see a recap of the event standings below. Congratulations to all the players!



Lichess July 2020 Titled Arena Animated Graph.
by Lichess on YouTube

The final standings were:

1st: GM Alireza Firouzja (@alireza2003)
2nd: GM Magnus Carlsen (@DrNykterstein)
3rd: GM Andrew Tang (@CleverTacticButFail)
4th: GM Haik Martirosyan (@ARM-777777)
5th: GM Vladislav Artemiev (@Konevlad)

As always, great thanks to all the participants, viewers and streamers who make the event so much fun for us all. Stay tuned for the next events!

 
Lichess Turns 10 Today!

Join us for your complimentary cake and chess tournament!
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Today (June 20th, 2020) marks a special day for Lichess - we have officially reached the double-digits! Well on our way to the terrible teens, we'll hopefully skip the more awkward and grumpy stages most teenagers go through.

To celebrate, please enjoy this complimentary cake (feel free to print it out, although we don't recommend eating it) and, with cake in hand, join us in our special anniversary 10+0 tournament today.

Lichess is a French charitable association, and is fully free and open source software. The Lichess covenant is that all of our features will be free, for ever, for everyone - no ads, no tracking - just the good chess stuff. We've navigated our first decade successfully, here's to many more!

Check out Lichess' growth in rated standard games played per month (excludes casual games, anonymous games and variants) since 2013:

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GM Ivanchuk v GM Kamsky

Fiona's Fight Night continues - with two more chess legends facing off across 16 blitz games
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Two titans who have been leading players since the 80s collide tomorrow, Saturday 20 June at 8pm CEST / 2pm ET, streamed from WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni's Twitch channel.

Vasyl Ivanchuk has been a leading chess player since the late eighties, having been ranked No.2 in the world in FIDE lists in 1991, 1992 and 2007. Notable tournament wins include Linares (nudging out Kasparov and defeating him in their head to head), Wijk aan Zee, Tal Memorial, and the Gibraltar Masters. In 2007 he won the World Blitz Championship and in 2016 the World Rapid Championship.

Gata Kamsky first came to international prominence after his 1987 and 1988 U20 Soviet Championship victories, later going on to win his first US Championship in 1991 (winning it again in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014). Ranked No.4 in the world in 1995, Kamsky played in the 1994 and 1995 Candidates tournaments, and defeated Kramnik earning the Challenger spot against Karpov in the 1996 FIDE World Chess Championship. He later played the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Candidates Tournaments, and won the 2007 Chess World Cup, and the 2010 Rapid World Chess Championship title.

 
GM Rauf Mamedov Wins Strange Chess Tournament With All the Pieces on the Wrong Squares.

Sorry about that...
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Running a website often requires you to swallow your pride. Having everything working perfectly simply isn’t an option, you only get to decide in what order you put your finite supply of band-aids on your infinite supply of problems. To our great embarrassment, at the start of yesterday’s Title Arena, there was a strange bug that scrambled the pieces at the beginning of each game. Adding to the confusion was the fact that the pieces were scrambled differently in each game, so all of the players' years of opening preparation were now useless. Of course it was far too late to cancel the event, and we pressed on despite the strange circumstances.

Joining Lichess for the tournament and streaming his commentary for the event was 8-time Russian champion GM Peter Svidler.

https://youtu.be/jmk-dXuKXXM

Early on, the odd placement of the pieces contributed to an amusing incident.

https://youtu.be/9IwK0jle3dU

The anonymous FeegLood spent the majority of the event in first place after only losing 1 of his first 21 games, but scoring 2.5 out of his last 5 would eventually doom his chances to win, and he finished 4th. Feeglood was overtaken by a trio of Grandmasters, GM Vladislav Kovalev, GM Haik Martirosyan, and the winner, GM Rauf Mamedov.

https://youtu.be/TNbhAG0CbAM

Once again, the berserking strategy played a huge rule in this event. (“Berserking” is a Lichess-exclusive option that lets you give up half of the time on your clock for an extra point if you win) While there were no committed berserkers in the prize spots this time, (none above 27%) If you go just slightly down the table you’ll find the anonymous Watneg berserking 68% of games in 8th, and the anonymous LyinTed berserking 76% of their games. The latter played a full 8 more games in the tournament than Mamedov as a result.

On behalf of Lichess, I’d like to congratulate Mamedov and apologize for the initial piece placement bug. We’ll have it fixed soon.

 
Black Lives Matter

Support equality.
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The Lichess team stands with the Black Lives Matter movement and supports the ongoing protests against police brutality in the United States and globally.

We will continue working to build an open and inclusive community through chess. We understand that this is a very small action but hope that these small actions, together with the larger and more direct international actions, will start to instigate the real changes that are necessary for a just and equal world to exist.

In support of this, we will be running a marathon event next week and encouraging people to donate their time or resources to BLM or other organisations working to enact change. These are just suggestions, please give to whichever organisations you wish to support.

Black Lives Matter

American Civil Liberties Union

Event details:

Date: Monday 8th June

Duration: 24 hours - starting at 12:00 UTC

Join here

 
Konevlad vs. Mamedyarov

Titans collide
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Recently an unidentified player has been producing some very strong performances among very strong players in Lichess events. First, they took 3rd in the Bullet Titled Arena in April behind  Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Then, after stumbling a bit and finishing 6th in the Blitz Titled Arena, they rebounded strongly to win the May Bullet Titled Arena a week ago by a wide margin over previous champions Andrew Tang and Alireza Firouzja. Much speculation was made on the internet about this person’s identity with a memorable Reddit thread carefully comparing openings and playing times with various famous players.

Of course, you’re allowed to be anonymous on Lichess and Lichess will take any reasonable steps to maintain the anonymity of those that desire it. Recently, the person behind Konevlad has decided to reveal their identity and play a match against Azerbaijani Super-GM and former candidate, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

The match will begin at 17:00 UTC on June 4th. The players will play 10 games of 3+1 and 10 games of 1+1. The match will be streamed with face cams on Fiona Steil-Antoni’s twitch channel.

Enjoy the Show!

 
Streamer Team Battle!

Join us for a new streamer's battle!
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We are pleased to announce another edition to begin on Sunday 7th June at 19:00 UTC.

The rules are as follows:
  • It's an arena format event - complete with berserking and streaks
  • You join the Battle under the banner of a specific Team
  • You play against members of all the other Teams joining - but not against your fellows!
  • The points of the top performing 20 players from each Team go towards the overall leader-board
This event will be 2 hours long, with a 3+0 time control, starting at 19:00 UTC on the 7th of June. The participating streamers are below, be sure to join their Team - and then when joining the event, just select that Team.

Join here


Participants:


GM Sergey Shipov (@Crest64) (Join team here)
GM Sergei Zhigalko (@Zhigalko_Sergei) (Join team here)
GM Andrew Tang (@penguingim1) (Join team here)
Antonio Radić (@agadmator) (Join team here)
IM Eric Rosen (@EricRosen) (Join team here)
Emre Hasgüleç and Sabri Can Onay Yontar (@SatrancMedyaYoutube) (Join team here)
Multiple streamers representing The Arab Team
Cem Gündoğan (@SatrancTV_Youtube) (Join team here)
NM @Chess-Network (Join team here)
WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni (@Fiona) (Join team here)

 
Who is GM Konevlad?

Mystery GM takes home the gold in May's Titled Arena
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Speculation was rife in this
https://youtube.com/watch?v=v=MtAMGw6snxQ


2nd: GM Andrew Tang (@penguingim1)
3rd: GM Alireza Firouzja (@alireza2003)
4th: GM Sergei Zhigalko (@Zhigalko_Sergei)
5th: GM Chithambaram Aravindh (@hitter1999)

The event was commentated by IM Alex Astaneh Lopez (@AstanehChess) here, with streams from participants such as GM Andrew Tang who placed 2nd!

As always, great thanks to all the participants, viewers and streamers who make the event so much fun for us all. Stay tuned for the next events!

 
FIDE announces "Checkmate Coronavirus" Prize Arenas

Running until 16 June, FIDE initiative raffles 1500 prizes based on participation in official FIDE arenas
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“FIDE is pleased to launch the Checkmate Coronavirus project which I hope will attract more people to our game.” FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich commented as the first events began on partner sites, including on Lichess.

Any user playing in these events has a chance to win in a FIDE prize draw, meaning any player, regardless of their performance in the events, has a chance of winning prizes which range from online coaching to 64 one-week invitations to the 2021 Moscow Chess Olympiad. By removing the competitive element to win prizes, the initiative aims to encourage more people in society - whether new to chess, or old veterans - to play more regularly.

To participate on Lichess, users will have to join the official FIDE team on Lichess, and then enter their arena tournaments, which can be found on their team page.

The following links give more information and the full schedule across all participating sites.

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Grischuk topples Kramnik to win Play for Russia Charity Tournament

A rollercoaster event with the ultimate winner being charity - 24,670,000 roubles raised to aid the battle with coronavirus
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The Play for Russia Charity Tournament, played on https://lichess.org, ended today with a determined Grischuk overcoming first Kramnik and then Tomashevsky to win the event.

Initially facing Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk seemed to have his work cut out for him when he lost the
https://youtube.com/watch?v=v=qZC5ihAcTvU

, Grischuk shared that the impact facing the homeless was an issue close to his heart - and that he had chosen a nationwide Russian charity to receive the part of the fund he represented. All charities the players represented received an equal share of the donated prize fund, regardless of the final standings.

Whilst the event and the excitement of top level chess is now over, donations will still be accepted by the Russian Chess Federation until the end of the week. Further information on how to donate, and the biggest sponsors are available on the Russian Chess Federation’s website [EN].

A massive thank you to all sponsors, players, organisers, and chess fans who made this amazing and worthwhile event a success.

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Kramnik on Fire in Day 2

Kramnik, Svidler, Tomashevsky and Grischuk through to semifinals, to be played tomorrow on lichess.org
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A hugely eventful day for the Play for Russia charity blitz event where Kramnik overtook Grischuk to win the double round-robin overall with a dominating 10.5 / 14, winning five of his seven encounters in today's leg.

Tomorrow, the four best performers from the double round-robin will play a semi-finals and finals, to find a clear Play for Russia Champion - sticking with the 5 + 2 format they’ve played in so far.

Just like
https://youtube.com/watch?v=v=i1IluWCDsI4

, WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni and GM Evgenij Miroschnichenko will be providing English commentary of the games, on the Lichess Twitch and YouTube channels tomorrow for day 3. Russian commentary will be provided by MatchTV and broadcast on Russian television.

The Play for Russia event is being played to raise money for charities in Russia, with $330,000 USD already raised so far. More details and how to donate can be found on the Russian Chess Federation's website [EN].

All games are being played on https://lichess.org - and there have been some absolute fireworks so far, as would be expected with such a strong field of players. Click to see all the games played in day 1 and day 2 respectively.

Semifinal and final matches - 14 May 2020:

12 midday UTC:
Vladimir Kramnik v Alexander Grischuk
Alexander Grischuk v Vladimir Kramnik

13:00 UTC:
Peter Svidler v Evgeny Tomashevsky
Evgeny Tomashevsky v Peter Svidler

14:00 UTC:
Finalist 1 v Finalist 2
Finalist 2 v Finalist 1
Finalist 1 v Finalist 2
Finalist 2 v Finalist 1

If scores are equal, an armageddon round will be played.

Standings after 14 rounds:
markdown| Position | Name | Points / 14 ||----------|----------------------|-------------|| 1. | Vladimir Kramnik | 10.5 || 2. | Peter Svidler | 9 || 3. | Evgeny Tomashevsky* | 8 || 4. | Alexander Grischuk* | 8 || 5. | Sergey Karjakin | 7.5 || 6. | Ernesto Inarkiev | 5.5 || 7. | Ian Nepomniachtchi | 5 || 8. | Alexander Riazantsev | 2.5 |
*Sonneborn-Berger used
The full cross-table can be found: here.

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Grischuk leads; Kramnik chases - Day 1 Recap

Grischuk takes the lead on day one, but Kramnik is hot on his heels
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The first day of the Play for Russia charity event left chess fans spoilt for choice, with firework matches like
https://youtube.com/watch?v=v=i1IluWCDsI4

and Twitch, by WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni, and GM Evgenij Miroschnichenko. They will be commentating each day from the Lichess channels - starting from 12 UTC.

Grischuk, three times the World Blitz Champion, was undefeated on day 1, with wins against Riazantsev, Svidler, Karjakin and Kramnik - and draws against the rest of the field. Such a commanding performance gave Grischuk the lead on the first day, with 5.5 / 7.

But Kramnik, three times the World Champion, and despite retiring from professional chess in 2019 - is hot on Grischuk's heels, with four wins (including wins against podium-placer Tomashevsky, and one of the favourites, Ian Nepomniachtchi) and two draws. Kramnik drew laughs and smiles after announcing chess is "only a hobby" for him these days - with an excellent performance of 5 / 7 showing the truth of "once a World Champion, always a World Champion".

Two-time Russian champion, Evgeny Tomashevsky, is currently third on the podium with wins against Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ernesto Inarkiev, with only a loss to Kramnik. Tomashevsky enters the second day with a comfortable 4 / 7, giving him good chances of qualifying into the semi-finals.

Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, and Peter Svidler remain in contention for qualifying, with 3 / 7 each, whilst Ernesto Inarkiev and Alexander Riazantsev have some catching up to do with 2.5 / 7 and 2 / 7 respectively. Inarkiev, in particular must be feeling hard done by with an unfortunate loss on time against Kramnik, despite having what looked like a winning position.

markdown| Player Crosstable | Alexander Grischuk | Vladimir Kramnik | Evgeny Tomashevsky | Sergey Karjakin | Peter Svidler | Ian Nepomniachtchi | Ernesto Inarkiev | Alexander Riazantsev | Total Score ||----------------------|--------------------|-------------------|---------------------|------------------|---------------|---------------------|------------------|------------------------|--------------|| Alexander Grischuk | *** | 1 | 0.5 | 1 | 1 | 0.5 | 0.5 | 1 | 5.5 || Vladimir Kramnik | 0 | *** | 1 | 0.5 | 0.5 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 5 || Evgeny Tomashevsky | 0.5 | 0 | *** | 0.5 | 0.5 | 1 | 1 | 0.5 | 4 || Sergey Karjakin | 0 | 0.5 | 0.5 | *** | 0.5 | 0.5 | 0.5 | 0.5 | 3 || Peter Svidler | 0 | 0.5 | 0.5 | 0.5 | *** | 0.5 | 0.5 | 0.5 | 3 || Ian Nepomniachtchi | 0.5 | 0 | 0 | 0.5 | 0.5 | *** | 0.5 | 1 | 3 || Ernesto Inarkiev | 0.5 | 0 | 0 | 0.5 | 0.5 | 0.5 | *** | 0.5 | 2.5 || Alexander Riazantsev | 0 | 0 | 0.5 | 0.5 | 0.5 | 0 | 0.5 | *** | 2 |

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Play for Russia tournament: 12 - 14 May

Some of the strongest Russian chess players and legends to battle it out on lichess.org over three days of blitz.
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Kramnik, Nepomniachtchi, Grischuk, Karjakin, Svidler, Tomashevsky, Inarkiev and Riazantsev will all be playing a charity blitz tournament on https://lichess.org from 12 - 14 May.

The pairings for the first two days (a double round-robin) has now been released - with a semi-final and final knockout due to be played on the final day.

The charity event seeks to raise funds which will be equally shared and distributed among Russian hospitals and healthcare workers. As of 11 May, a massive 24,130,000 roubles has been raised for the initiative (about $328,000 USD).

The event will be broadcast on Lichess with English commentary from the official Lichess YouTube and Twitch accounts, given by GM Evgenij Miroschnichenko and WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni, covering the full action. Russian commentary will also be available from MatchTV.

All days begin at 3pm Moscow time:

12 May: first half (7 round-robin)
13 May: second half (7 round-robin)
14 May: semifinals and final KO.

More information about the event can be found on the Russian Chess Federation website (EN).

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Berserkers Blast Rivals

Vladimir Fedoseev (@Feokl1995) found victory in the biggest and one of the most ferociously fought Lichess Titled Arenas to date.
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1,160 titled players battled it out over three hours of blitz action - at a 3+0 time control.

Many of the world’s top players played the event, with GM
https://youtube.com/watch?v=v=PiPg4nCFekg

, giving key insights such as “
https://youtube.com/watch?v=v=0Tpba9FEYgc


In addition to GM Anish Giri streaming for Lichess on our
https://youtube.com/watch?v=v=PiPg4nCFekg

channels, other entertaining streams came from:

GM Andrew Tang (@penguingim1)
IM Eric Rosen (@EricRosen)
WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni (@Fiona)

And many many more!

The next Titled Arena will be a 1+0 bullet arena - anyone can play in the warmup, and titled players can already sign up for the main event.

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A New Streamer Team Battle Champion

Andrew Tang's fan club overthrows the reigning champions Crestbook!
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In this fourth edition of the Streamer Team Battle, we saw a few new challengers and a few familiar teams battle it out in the 7,000+ player event. It was hard fought and to start with it seemed that Crestbook would run away with their third victory in a row. But it was not to be! Both Fiona's Fight Club and Andrew Tang's fan club traded podium places throughout the second half of the event, with the latter taking first place in the end by just 17 points!

Thanks to all the streamers leading their teams onto the battlefield, and to all the players! Please join us in congratulating the teams participating in this event.

The final standings were:

1st: GM penguingim1 fan club with GM Andrew Tang (@penguingim1)
2nd: Fiona's Fight Club with WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni (@Fiona)
3rd: Crestbook Chess Club with GM Sergey Shipov (@Crest64)
4th: Zhigalko_Sergei fan club with GM Sergei Zhigalko (@Zhigalko_Sergei)
5th: agadmator's Team with Antonio Radić (@agadmator)
6th: IM Eric Rosen Fan Club with IM Eric Rosen (@EricRosen)
7th: Satranç TV Youtube with Cem Gündoğan (@SatrancTV_Youtube)
8th: The Arab Team with multiple streamers representing
9th: ChessNetwork with NM @Chess-Network
10th: Saint Louis Chess Club with NM Caleb Denby (on @SaintLouisChessClub)

Please post the streams in the forum comments!

A further congratulations of course to all the individual players, making up some impressively strong teams. You can see the full individual standings on the tournament page. We hope to organise another similar event soon, stay tuned to our standard communication channels.

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Super-GM Charity Tournament to be held on lichess.org: 12 - 14 May

The “Play for Russia” Charity Tournament sees some of Russia’s strongest players raise money for hospitals and health workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Eight of Russia's strongest players will compete against each-other in a blitz double round-robin, hosted by https://lichess.org. The charity event aims to raise funds which will be equally shared and distributed among Russian hospitals and healthcare workers. As of 26 April, 2.5 million roubles (about $33,000 USD) has been raised by the initiative.

The stellar line-up battling it out over three days of blitz consists of:

Vladimir Kramnik
Ian Nepomniactchi
Alexander Grischuk
Sergey Karjakin
Peter Svidler
Evgeny Tomashevsky
Ernesto Inarkiev
Alexander Riazantsev

All games will be played at 5 + 2 - each player will start with 5 minutes on their clock, and after each of their moves receive an additional 2 second increment. The highest scoring four players will go into a knockout semi-final and final.

The tournament schedule will be:

May 12 - first round (7 rounds)
May 13 - second round (7 rounds)
May 14 - semi-finals and final

The games will be played and broadcast live on https://lichess.org with further details to be announced, and on Match TV, a Russian public sports broadcaster.

More details can be found on the Russian Chess Federation’s website (English).

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Titled Arena Announcement(s)

Announcing our schedule for upcoming Titled Arenas!
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We're pleased to announce a schedule for our upcoming Titled Arenas!

All events will be preceded by a warm-up arena open to all players with a minimum of 20 rated games in the relevant time control and variant.

Prizes unless otherwise stated:

1. $ 500, 2. $ 250, 3. $ 125, 4. $ 75, 5. $ 50.

Participation requirement: Verified FIDE or NM title (see below)

markdown| Event | Date | Link | Warm-up ||---------------------|----------------|----------|---------|| May '20 Blitz TA | 9th May 2020 | Event | Warm-up || May '20 TA | 23rd May 2020 | Event | Warm-up || June '20 960 TA | 13th Jun 2020 | Event | Warm-up || June '20 TA | 27th Jun 2020 | Event | Warm-up || July '20 Blitz TA | 11th Jul 2020 | Event | Warm-up || July '20 TA | 25th Jul 2020 | Event | Warm-up || August '20 Blitz TA | 8th Aug 2020 | Event | Warm-up || August '20 TA | 22nd Aug 2020 | Event | Warm-up |

Practical Information


If you are new to Lichess, it's important to become familiar with the arena tournament format. Read our FAQ and consider trying out an arena tournament in advance. Arena points are awarded based on the number of games you win. If multiple players finish the tournament with the same number of points, tournament performance is used to break the tie. Prizes will be awarded within three days after the event, through PayPal or BTC.

Title Verification


To participate in the Titled Arena events, you need a verified titled account on Lichess. If you don't already have a Lichess account, create one. Then, to get your FIDE or NM title verified, please fill out this title verification form, and we will process it within 24 hours. If you already have verified your title on Lichess, you don't have to do this again. When your title has been verified by us, you will be able to join the tournaments.

Streaming


We've had a bunch of players streaming the previous Titled Arenas, including Magnus Carlsen, John Bartholomew, Eric Rosen and ChessNetwork. We encourage both participants and fans to live-stream the tournament. If you plan to, check out our small streamer's kit for some useful graphics to include in your overlay.

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Star-Studded Struggle Sees Supremacy Secured

Served up with superb Sasha stream!
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Magnus Carlsen clinched first place in the last minutes of the thrilling
https://youtube.com/watch?v=v=PtTEEgL0l8Y

), and GM Anish Giri (
https://youtube.com/watch?v=v=dyEkDKnHb8I


Many more top players - such as the mysterious GM
https://youtube.com/watch?v=v=zzjsFAfoww8

, GM Anurag Mhamal, IM Eric Rosen, IM Max Warmerdam, IM Alex Astaneh Lopez

And many more!

As always, great thanks to all the participants, viewers and streamers who make the event so much fun for us all. Another Titled Arena will be scheduled soon, stay tuned to our standard communication channels for details:About https://lichess.org