World Cup Drama in Khanty-Mansiysk – Just What the Doctor Ordered

Round 2 Report from the 2019 World Cup

The foyer of the 2019 World Cup venue, the Ugra Chess Academy just outside the centre of the city in Khanty-Mansiysk, is its own little world.

Chess960 Titled Arena - Back Again

Chess960 Returns!

It's been a little while since the last 960 Titled Arena. For this iteration, the duration will be 3 hours as last time but with a time control of 3+2.

This event will also be preceded by a Chess960 Warm-up Arena, open to all players with a minimum of 10 rated Chess960 games.

Announcing the 2019 Antichess World Championship

It's on its way!

The 2019 Antichess World Championship (ACWC) is going to start on Monday 30th September! Last year, FM Vladica Andrejić (@arimakat) took the trophy home after a tense final match against @Ogul1. Will he keep the Antichess World Champion title, or will someone else take the crown? We'll find out soon...

If you're unfamiliar with Antichess, you can read the rules here:

Who's the Boss?

IM Saveliy Golubov's the Boss

The September edition of the Lichess Titled Arena took place yesterday and we were treated to a whole host of streamers in a whole host of languages! Of course a notable mention is World Champion Magnus Carlsen (@DrNykterstein) who streamed in Norwegian throughout. Joining him in the non-English streams were GM Sergei Zhigalko (@Zhigalko_Sergei - stream), GM Alexander Zubov (@Alexander_Zubov - stream), GM Sergey Shipov (@Crest64 - stream) in Russian, and Sabri Can Onay Yontar (@Satranc Medya) in Turkish , and many more - post your favourite non-English streams in the comments! Joining them were the usual suspects of NM Jerry of Chess-Network fame following Magnus's games, IM Eric Rosen (@EricRosen), and a Fionchetta/Astaneh double-act.

Back to the chess, and it seemed to be business as usual for the World Champion, who was looking to regain his crown after coming second to GM Alireza Firouzja (@alireza2003) last time out. He kicked things off with a win against GM Daniel Naroditsky (@RebeccaHarris) followed by strings of wins over the next hour and a had comfortable lead. However, things were not all smooth sailing and as the halfway point approached, he faltered with 0.5 from 4 games in a row. In fact, GM Naroditsky was his kryptonite, with a tournament score of 6-1 over Carlsen - continually extinguishing the crucial fire. This allowed the rest of the field to stay close and with 30 minutes to go, IM Saveliy Golubov (@Boss1005) was only a few points behind despite scoring "just" 0.5 out of 4 against the leader.

Titled Arena Announcement

The big bullet bonanza is back!

Lichess Titled Arena is back next Saturday the 7th September at 19:00UTC!


!The passed pawn Inn

Some ask themselves, what makes chess so fascinating and beautiful in an age which is more and more determined by computers and artificial intelligence ?

It is simple.
You just have to remember real chess takes place between 2 people who are really facing each other. Chess is a whole body game. One does not believe it, but it is so. Body language and physicality are an integral part of the game.
Everything else is only a surrogate,

Swindle (chess)

In chess, a swindle is a ruse by which a player in a losing position tricks his opponent, and thereby achieves a win or draw instead of the expected loss
 Enjoy  Chess



The romantic era was characterized by opening gambits (sacrificing pawns or even pieces), daring attacks, and brazen sacrifices. Many elaborate and beautiful but unsound move sequences called "combinations" were played by the masters of the time. The game was played more for art than theory. A profound belief that chess merit resided in the players' genius rather than inherent in the position on the board pervaded chess practice.

Winning was secondary to winning with style, so much, in fact, that it was considered unsportsmanly to decline a gambit (the sacrifice of a pawn or piece to obtain an attack).

!The passed pawn Inn
Romantic chess Wikipedia)
School of chess (Wikipedia)
History of chess (Wikipedia)
Immortal Game (Wikipedia)
Chess (Wikipedia)
Selected games performed in "romantiv style" (


!The passed pawn Inn

A History of Chess (book,  (pdf (68Mb))

Murray's 900-page book constitutes the Bible of chess historians. With his knowledge of numerous languages including Latin and Arabic, and his devotion to chess world-wide, H. J. R. Murray was one of those late Victorian giants whose intimidating figure seems to have inhibited further research for the next two generations.

A History of Chess (book, Wikipedia)
 Culture  Chess  Art

Announcing the 2019 Atomic World Championship

The 2019 Atomic World Championship is here!

The 2019 Atomic World Championship is now accepting entrants. The 66 best players as judged by a rating formula plus the winners of two scheduled AWC Qualifier tournaments on August 17, 2019 will be guaranteed entry into the tournament. The tournament kicks off on Monday, September 9 at 00:00 UTC. The deadline for registration is Sunday, September 1st at 00:00 UTC. If any qualifying matches need to be played, they will be played in the time between September 1 and September 9. Full details about the tournament and rules, including how to enter, can be found at

The players are responsible for organizing the matches against their assigned opponents and posting the scheduled time in the AWC forum

Learn with Leela!

T60 has started!

The Leela Chess Zero team has started a new training run (T60) with a bigger network and other changes. You can find more info on the Leela blog post about the specific changes.

Young Blood

A Tense Titled Arena and a Titillating Twist

Yesterday's Titled Arena got off to a quick start, and to no-one's great surprise Magnus Carlsen (@DrNykterstein) took an early lead, stringing together 13 wins - maybe this is what happens when you forsake 1. g4? Also with a strong start was GM Daniel Naroditsky (@RebeccaHarris), with 11/11. The anticipated meeting of the two leaders was a very surprising King's Gambit - a theme to continue throughout the tournament for this pairing. The second of their pairings lead to the impressive victory including 14. Kxe4. However, their first result was a draw, extinguishing both leaders' fire and giving the rest of the field a chance to catch up. After the first 30 minutes, Carlsen was out in front, followed by Naroditsky and the 16 year old Iranian GM Alireza Firouzja (@alireza2003).

Titled Arena Announcement

The bullet chess masterclass!

Another instalment of the Lichess Titled Arena! Come and watch some high-octane chess on Saturday the 13th July at 19:00UTC.

Lichess Montréal Meetup Recap

Chess fun in the sun (and rain)

This past Saturday, Lichess held its second Montréal meetup in the beautiful Mount Royal Park. The sun was shining and the chess fans were out in force, playing some casual blitz, rapid and even bughouse, as well as a 3+2 tournament organised by @Toscani (who also kindly provided most of the boards and clocks). Over the course of the afternoon, around 60 people stopped by, until eventually the forecast rain drove us inside towards the end of the schedule.

2019 Summer Marathon

Annoucing the Summer 2019 edition of our biggest chess event!

The largest blitz chess tournament on earth is starting soon!

Don't Try This At Home

Magnus cruises to another TA victory with an unusual repertoire

Now that we're past the longest day of the year, we needed something to help us survive as the nights are drawing in. Fortunately, there was a Titled Arena to occupy our attention as 325 titled players gathered to duke it out in 1+0. The usual suspects were there in force such as: GMs Magnus Carlsen (@DrNykterstein), Andrew Tang (@penguingim1) and Oleksandr Bortnyk (@Night-King96); as well as a scattering of very strong mystery masters and some less frequent participants like GM Eric Hansen (@chessbrahs) and new participant GM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (@Praggnanandhaachess).

Speculation was rampant as there was no Magnus when things kicked off, but he was just being fashionably late - allowing GM @msb2 to take an early lead with three quick wins. A lead not fated to last however, and 30 minutes in Eric Hansen was out in front, closely followed by IM Saveliy Golubov (@Boss1005), the anonymous GMs @LyinTed and @Watneg, and speed-master GM Andrew Tang. Just a few minutes later though, the standings were completely rearranged - needless to say things were close at the top. Magnus was closing in now though, with some masterclasses in having an active king.

Lichess Meetup: Montreal, June 29th

A community event

Do you want to hang out with other Lichess community members? Meet the Lichess team and convince them to bring back version 1? Find your way to Montreal on the afternoon of Saturday, June 29th. Bring a chess set and clock or just hang out with food and drinks available. We will be meeting at the picnic tables near Smith House in Mount Royal park from 2pm to 5pm. Stay tuned to Lichess social media and this blog post for updates and a possible last minute back-up plan in case of rain.

Norway Chess – Armageddon Master Carlsen Moves Ahead

Carlsen 5/5 in armageddon games

Six classical games, five draws, five Armageddon wins, tournament domination.

Titled Arena Announcement

Another episode of the world famous tournament!

It's back again, the Lichess Titled Arena! Join us for some world class bullet fun on Saturday the 22nd June at 19:00UTC.

Anand Retains Norway Chess title – at cooking

The rest day cooking competition and more.

The seventh edition of the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger is no ordinary super-tournament.