Publicly known player wins Titled Arena for the first time in a month as 22,000 battle in the Marathon

I can’t tell you how good it feels to be able to announce the winner of the Titled Arena in the blog post about who won the Titled Arena.

The streak of anonymous Titled Arena winners was broken yesterday as

Tang played the final 20 moves while only spending 0.26 seconds on his clock.

The Titled Arena wasn’t the only big event on Lichess yesterday. The Autumn marathon was played concurrently. If you’re not familiar with the format, it's the same kind of Arena tournament as the Titled Arena, but anybody can play and the event lasts 24 hours instead of 2. Players are free to take breaks whenever they want, (just like any Arena) however the “latejoin” strategy mentioned above is not nearly as effective because of the incredible volume of games that must be played to compete with the leader. You could win every game you play for hours and hours and still not catch somebody who started many hours before you. In fact, we had a very concrete demonstration of that in this event!


The event was won by GM Rodrigo Vasquez who played an incredible 412 games, berserking 82% of them. FM Emin Ohanyan and GM Alexander Rustemov were nipping at his heels throughout, but finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Our “just start whenever and win every game” test case in this event was GM Alexander Morozevich. The retired Super-GM absolutely devastated the competition as he rocketed up the standings. He won 93% of his games, but there simply weren’t enough of them. His performance rating was 182 points better than Vasquez but it hardly matters because he played 244 less games. Morozevich eventually finished in 6th.

The next Titled Arena is November 7th.

The Winter Marathon is December 27th.

Announcing the Lichess Bundesliga

A not-so-new addition

Lichess is very proud to announce the Lichess Bundesliga. Formerly known as the “Quarantäne Bundesliga,” it's a massive league with hundreds of teams and thousands of players, including many titled players participating every week.

League organizer FM Jens Hirneise was inspired by events like the Lichess Streamers Battle that brought together thousands of players that wanted to find a way to continue playing chess while over-the-board chess was put on hold. The first Quarantäne Bundesliga was played on March 15th of this year, it had 157 players. Since then, the event has absolutely exploded in popularity. There are now an average of more than 4,000 players in the bi-weekly events representing hundreds of teams. The top league is incredibly strong, with dozens of GMs playing, including big names like GM Alexander Morozevich, GM Baadur Jobava, GM Georg Meier and too many others to name here.

The structure of the league is very much inline with Lichess’ philosophy, it is open to all and there is no fee to enter. No ads, no trackers, no paywalls, ever - just like Lichess itself.

The league competes every Thursday and Sunday at 18:01-19:41 UTC. The time control rotates between 3+0, 3+2, and 5+0. It is built around Lichess Team Battles, a type of arena tournament where teams compete together instead of as individuals. The pairings are done exactly as in a regular arena tournament except teammates may not play each other. At the end, the scores of each team are added up to determine the winner. Critically, only the top 12 individual scores from each team count in the Bundesliga. This means that lower rated players will worry less about hurting their team and a team cannot win by simply having more players (although this may give some advantage). The number of scores that count gets progressively lower in lower tiers. For Bundesliga 2 it is 10, Liga 3 has 8, Liga 4-6 have 7 leaders. The 13th tier, for brand new teams only has 4.

Similar to leagues in many sports, there are many tiers from which you can be relegated or promoted. Each league has 10 teams. For the top 2 leagues and at tier 4 and below, the 3 highest finishers are promoted and the 3 lowest are relegated. At tier 3 the league splits into 3 equal co-leagues, labeled “A”, “B”, and “C” where only one team is promoted and one is relegated. At the moment there are 13 tiers in total.

League structure for Bundesliga, Bundesliga 2, Liga 3A/3B/3C and Liga 4A/4B/4C:


League structure for Liga 5A/5B/5C, Liga 6A/6B/6C and Liga 7A/7B/7C:


League structure for Liga 8A/8B/8C, Liga 9A/9B/9C and Liga 10A/10B/10C:


League structure for Liga 11A/11B/11C, Liga 12A/12B/12C and Liga 13A/13B/13C:


If you are interested in forming a team, and can guarantee the participation of at least 4 players, or if you have any questions about the League, please send a PM to League organizer FM Jens Hirneise

Further Info:

All time- League table of the highest league (Quarantine Bundesliga):

FAQ English: German: Español:

History of all Quarantine Bundesliga tournaments: announcements of future Lichess leagues:

Another Titled Arena, Another Mystery Winner

and the winner is... We can't say. Again.

The Lichess Chess 960 Titled Arena took place yesterday and typically these blog posts announce the winner. Unfortunately, that won’t be possible this time... again.

Another anonymous GM has taken the top prize in a dominating performance. I’ll spare you the ruminations on anonymity like last time and focus on the event itself. GM Mario_Zagallo picked up the lead after 1 hour and 15 minutes of the 3 hour event was gone, and at the 2 hour mark was pulling away. If they were bothered at all by the pieces being set up wrong at the beginning of every game it wasn’t easy to notice. These events are often decided by streaks and yesterday's winner put together a 14 game winning streak towards the end that was hard to match. This accounted for 52 of their 98 total points scored in this event.

Rounding out the podium were 14-year-old GM Raunak Sadhwani in 2nd, and GM Grigory Oparin in third. Another anonymous GM, Feeglood finished 4th and Titled Arena mainstay GM Andrew Tang finished 5th, playing for the first time with his C9C9C9C9C9 account, a reference to his signing with eSports giant Cloud9.

GM Srinath Narayan streamed the event for the Lichess twitch page, which we’ve been investing some energy into lately. At the time of writing, a web-developer-focused stream on setting up the Lichess dev environment has just finished, capping off a week that featured GMs Peter Svidler and Nils Grandelius. All the streams end up on the Lichess Youtube channel if you’ve missed them. You can also follow the Lichess account here or a special team we’ve setup to send PMs for Lichess streams and videos.

The next Titled Arena is in about 2 weeks. See you then!
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Una bella presentazione !

Lichess Plays GM Peter Svidler


GM Peter Svidler will be joining us Thursday and Sunday on the Lichess Twitch channel for the first in a series we’re calling “Lichess Plays.” Peter will be taking challenges from Lichess users in whatever time control he prefers. The streams will be on Thursday (01-Oct) at 19:00 UTC and Sunday (04-Oct) at 18:00 UTC.

Peter is an eight-time Russian Champion and has competed in 3 Candidates tournaments.

Mystery Master wins September Lichess Bullet Titled Arena


Why does Lichess allow anonymous users? Or why does it allow anonymous users to play in Titled Arenas at least? The first question is very simple: everyone on the internet has the right to be anonymous and websites have the responsibility to protect their identity as far as they can- if they even know their identity! The second question is not as simple. Other chess websites require their titled-only competition participants to publicly identify to play. Lichess could presumably do the same.

One small but important point is that anonymous GMs aren’t anonymous to Lichess, all users with verified titles have proven their identity, it's only the public who doesn’t get to know. It’s possible that Lichess will one day oblige Titled Arena participants to reveal their identity to the public too, but at the moment we don’t. Perhaps forcing IDs would cause some very strong players to stop playing, we’ve noticed that anonymity is very important to the Super-GM crowd.

Almost forgot! A Titled Arena was played yesterday!  It was won by GM Grey_Parrot who we can confirm is a person and plays chess, beyond that dear reader, you will have to figure it out on your own. They were around the top of the leaderboard all day, but took the first prize with an incredible finish, scoring wins in 14.5 of their final 15 games. The final standings give the impression of a runaway winner when the event was extremely close for 115 of the 120 minutes.

GM Maxine Vachier-Lagrave had a commanding 7 point lead with 15 mins remaining but struggled at the end, losing his last 7 games. This, combined with the incredible surge of Grey_Parrot left him 6th in the final standings. 2nd was taken by bullet super-star GM Andrew Tang who mentioned at the end of his stream that it's important to take advantage of any TA that doesn’t include either Magnus or Alireza, as those events don’t come along often. 3rd was taken by 17-year-old GM Arjun Erigaisi, and fourth and fifth by Dutch IMs Vincent Rothuis and Thomas Beerdsen.

GM Nihal Sarin streamed his participation on the Lichess Twitch channel, which has been getting more use lately with streams from GM Boris Gelfand, GM Vassily Ivanchuk and IM Eric Rosen among others, all co-hosted by WFM Maria Emelianova. It’s even possible to subscribe now and unlock the use of the Lichess Logo and its far superior cousin Horsey as emotes, stay tuned for more information on big events coming up.

Former World Championship candidate GM Boris Gelfand streams for Lichess.


Today on the Lichess Twitch channel, former World Championship challenger GM Boris Gelfand will join WFM Maria Emelianova to give commentary for the 2020 St. Louis Rapid and Blitz tournament featuring Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, and numerous other Super GMs. Gelfand is a six-time World Championship candidate (1991, 1994–95, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2013) and won the candidates tournament in 2011. He then drew a World Championship match with Viswanathan Anand but lost in the rapid tiebreaks.

The Event begins at 18:00 UTC on the Lichess Twitch Channel.
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Si ricorda a tutti i partecipanti:
– di evitare di creare assembramenti;
– di portare con sé la mascherina che potrebbe essere richiesta da parte dei nostri volontari per accedere a determinate aree;
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– che gli eventi sono tutti a numero chiuso e pertanto soggetti ad esaurimento posti.
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Scacchi ai tempi di Covid-19 (Ufff..)

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Carlsen, Kasparov, Nakamura, Firouzja and more battle it out on Lichess


A pair of amazing tournaments will be taking place in the next week on Lichess with a combined $400,000 prize fund. Featuring World Champion Magnus Carlsen, former World Champion Garry Kasparov, and many other Super GMs: Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana, Nakamura, Aronian, Svidler, Firouzja, and more. We will get to see Carlsen and Kasparov play their first competitive game since Magnus was 13 years old. Speaking of teenagers, we’ll also get to see 17-year-old phenom Alireza Firouzja test his mettle against Garry and the rest of the heavy hitters.

The first event, running from September 11th to the 13th, is the 2020 Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX. The players will be playing what is uninspiringly called “Chess 960” on Lichess. They will play a  round robin and the starting position will be chosen an hour before each round. Details here.

The second event, running from September 14th to 19th, is the 2020 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz. In this tournament, the players will play the archaic form of chess that includes the same starting position in every game, 18 blitz games and 9 rapid games. Details here.

Games will start daily at 1:00pm CDT (GMT-5) with commentary featuring GMs Yasser Seirawan and Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade. Viewers can watch live on or on STLChessClub’s YouTube and channels. The Lichess broadcast of the live games can be found here.

Photo Finish for Titled Arena


With 5 minutes left to go in the Lichess September Blitz Titled Arena, GM Andrew Tang’s chances to win seemed slim, he was 6 points behind GM Oleksander Bortnyk and 4 points behind GM Alireza Firouzja. However, Arena streak scoring rules increased the chance of a comeback dramatically and Tang had “fire,” i.e. he was on a winning streak and every point scored would be doubled. After 2 quick victories Tang was suddenly only 2 points behind the leader. As the clock ran out, he quickly agreed to a draw, giving him the 2 points necessary to reach the leader. When he returned to the tournament standings page his heart sank to see his name in second. He and Firouzja both scored 125 points, but Firouzja took 1st on tiebreaks.

On Lichess, ties in arena tournaments are broken by performance score, and Firouzja’s was 30 points ahead of Tang’s. Anyone unhappy with the system is welcome to suggest a better one. Many traditionally popular tie-breaks are completely unworkable because all player’s don’t play the same number of games and the pairings can be wonky, they value minimizing non-playing time over balance. Head-to-head record has been suggested as a tiebreaker, but it wouldn’t have helped in this case. Tang and Firouzja did not play each other during the event.

As always the event was swarmed with high-profile streamers. As a streamer, Tang was joined by GM Anish Giri, GM Peter Svidler, GM Daniel Naroditsky (In Russian), and many others.

The events keep coming on Lichess and you’ll only have a day of rest until the next one. On Monday, 4-time Woman’s World Champion GM Hou Yifan and former world #2 GM Alexander Morozevich will play a match. Live Commentary and player interviews will be provided on WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni’s channel.


Titled Arena Announcement(s)

Announcing our schedule for upcoming Titled Arenas!

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 ||----------------------|----------------|----------|---------|| Sep '20 Blitz TA | 5th Sep 2020 | Event | Warm-up || Sep '20 TA | 26th Sep 2020 | Event | Warm-up || October '20 960 TA | 10th Oct 2020 | Event | Warm-up || October '20 TA | 24th Oct 2020 | Event | Warm-up || November '20 Blitz TA| 7th Nov 2020 | Event | Warm-up || November '20 TA | 21st Nov 2020 | Event | Warm-up || December '20 Blitz TA| 5th Dec 2020 | Event | Warm-up || December '20 TA | 19th Dec 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.


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.

Magnus wins Katara International Bullet Tournament Final


To paraphrase a famous football saying: chess is a board game with 64 squares and 32 pieces, and at the end Magnus wins.


On the surface bullet chess may seem prone to huge variance. One bad 2 hour chess game can cost you a classical tournament, but in this event, it would only take 5 or 10 mins of bad chess to ruin your day. Nevertheless, the winners and high performers of bullet tournaments do not vary nearly that much. There have only been 6  people to ever win a Bullet Titled Arena since they began 3 years ago, and 3 of them reached the semi-finals of this event as well.

The matchups in the semifinals were GM Magnus Carlsen vs. GM Andrew Tang, and GM Daniel Naroditsky vs. GM Alireza Firouzja. Naroditsky is the only one of the 3 to never have won a Titled Arena, so you might think he was an underdog but the match didn’t go that way. (Naroditsky consistently finishes near the top of Titled Arenas and it's probably a matter of time until he wins one.)

The Naroditsky-Firouzja match started out as a close affair. Naroditsky jumped out to a 2.5-1.5 lead when the match reached a turning point. Alireza played well and reached this endgame with an extra pawn:

I suppose I will try not to fall into the trap of calling anything about elite chess games “easy” just because the Stockfish evaluation is in double digits, but Alireza must still be kicking himself about what happened next. The game's acpl graph tells the tragic tale:


After this game, Naroditsky won the next 4 in a row to close out the match. Magnus seemed incredibly impressed with this performance, it was only 4 days before that Firouzja won a Bullet Titled Arena 29 points ahead of Naroditsky and 68 (!) points ahead of Magnus.

The other semifinal featured incredible drama as Lichess Bullet fixture Andrew Tang was not intimidated by Magnus and won the first 3 games in incredibly short order. In the first two games Magnus was down a piece by move 7. Already half-way to losing the match after only 2 minutes of real time, Magnus could have easily fallen apart. Instead, he rallied and won the match in short order, winning 7 of the next 8 and taking the match.

The Naroditsky vs. Magnus Final was similarly dramatic. Magnus looked dominant in the beginning, taking 3.5 of the first 4 points. The third game had what is probably the most amazing moment of the match. In this position Naroditsky played 15. Bxf7.


Calculating that after 15...Kxf7 16. Qh5+ Kf8 17. Bd6+ Black could choose between 18... Bxd6 losing the queen and 18... Kg8 19. Qxe8#.


Not missing a beat, Magnus gave up his queen and played 18... Re5!


...winning the Queen back with interest. Here is the full game. Afterwards, Magnus humbly admitted that he hadn't seen Re5 from the beginning. Sometimes its better to be lucky than good. It's even better to be lucky and good like Magnus.

Naroditsky fought back bravely, winning 3 in a row to even the score, but then it was Magnus’ turn. He won the next 3 games to end the match and the event.

Lichess would like to thank the Qatari Chess Federation and all of this event’s more than 5,000 participants. We hope to bring you more great events like this soon.


Katara qualifiers over, who made it through?

Bullet Chess with the best in the world.

The qualifier rounds for the previously announced Katara International Bullet Tournament took place today. The five top finishers from each event progress to the knockout finals featuring a $10,000 prize fund.

The first of the qualifiers was a tense affair, as all three turned out to be. An hour and a half to separate around 2,500 players is no simple matter, with just the top 5 in each - the top 0.2% - walking away with a place in the next round. Unlike the Titled Arenas, there were no restrictions on entry beyond 15 rated bullet games, but the top echelons were still packed with masters. Still, several untitled players did well such as the Puzzle Rush legend Dimitrakis Ladasi (jimakos) who placed 7th in the first event. Some of the usual suspects were also involved, like Andrew Tang (penguingim1), despite the very early hour for him. We don't want to spoil any surprises, catch a replay of the action below or see the full list of qualifiers at the end.

Katara Bullet Qualifier #1 Animated Graph.
by Lichess on YouTube

Later in the day for round two and a few more bullet behemoths had woken up, ready to do battle: recent TA winner Alireza Firouzja, Norway #4 Jon Ludwig Hammer, Azeri #5 Rauf Mamedov, and Netherlands #1 Anish Giri, to name a few. Don't stop watching too soon, this one was a nailbiter. (The three way tie is broken by performance rating, see below for the 5th place qualifier).

Katara Bullet Qualifier #2 Animated Graph.
by Lichess on YouTube

The third and final qualifying event was by far the largest, as everyone was desperate for those last few places (and even some already qualified players having some fun). More famous entrants too including Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (at least according to Rauf Mamedov on the stream). In total, the event had over 5,000 players, twice the size of the previous qualifiers, and competition was expectedly fierce. Indeed, for the first events, 107 and 110 points would qualify for the finals but 115 points was needed this round. Points aren't just to qualify, but will also be used for the seedings in the finals. Check out the final recap below, and see all qualifiers at the end of the post.

Katara Bullet Qualifier #3 Animated Graph.
by Lichess on YouTube

Be sure to catch the finals on Wednesday August 26th at 11:00EST/15:00UTC! The final will be streamed live at with commentary provided by WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni and IM Alex Astaneh Lopez.

Qualifiers joining Magnus Carlsen in the finals:Image/photo

Dominant Alireza wins Lichess Bullet Titled Arena

Alireza romps, an off-day for Magnus

Performances like these make us wonder if we should just send money to Alireza every month and not waste time holding a tournament.

GM Alireza Firouzja won the August Lichess Bullet Arena by a big margin yesterday, 29 points. He took the lead after about 25 minutes of play, 10 minutes later he was up 15 pts, and by the halfway point of the tournament he was up 40. The standard video info-graphic we release tells the tale of his incredible surge to blow right past his competitors

Finishing in second was GM Daniel Naroditsky, who dominated second place as much as Alireza dominated first. He finished 33 points ahead of GM Andrew Tang in Third. He was also the only player that seemed able to slow down Firouzja at all, winning 3 of their 5 games in this event. Zaven Andriasian and Sergei Zhigalko filled the rest of the prize spots in 4th and 5th respectively.

The 6th place finisher probably deserves to be mentioned as he has something of a following on Lichess. GM Magnus Øen Carlsen from Norway, a previous Titled Arena winner had, by his own sky-high standards, a rough day. Nevertheless, he still found a few bright moments. He live-streamed the event from the Offerspil studio to a large audience. Magnus will quickly get a chance for redemption on Wednesday when he’s seeded directly into the knockout portion of the Katara International Bullet Tournament. It’s unconfirmed that Alireza will play but he has already registered his account to the qualifiers on Monday.

As always, numerous streamers took part in the event, giving commentary or playing themselves. ChessNetwork, Eric Rosen, Penguin, and many others. The number of streamers linked on the front page of Lichess is temporarily raised for Titled Arenas and we never have any trouble filling the spots.

This is the last of the currently scheduled Titled Arenas, but they are certainly not going away. Look for our announcement of the dates for future events soon.

Announcing the Katara International Bullet Tournament with World Champion Magnus Carlsen

Bullet Chess with the best in the world.

The Qatari Chess Association and Lichess are proud to announce the Katara International Bullet Tournament featuring World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Fresh off winning the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour, Carlsen will try to keep the momentum going on Lichess in an event with a $10,000 prize fund.

The event will start with 3 qualifiers on August the 24th. The qualifiers have been spread out to allow people in different time zones to comfortably participate. Players must register to be allowed to play here.

Qualifier #1 at 3:00 EST/ 7:00 UTC

Qualifier #2 at 9:00 EST/13:00 UTC

Qualifier #3 at 15:00 EST/ 19:00 UTC

Players are allowed to compete in any and all of the qualifiers. The top 5 finishers in each Qualifier will then advance to the knockout portion. Magnus will be seeded directly into the 16-player Knockout, which begins August 26th at 11:00EST/15:00UTC. In the knockout, the players will play a 12 game match to decide who advances, in the event of a tie the players will continue playing and the next decisive game will decide the match.

All qualifiers and the final will be streamed live at with commentary provided by WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni and IM Alex Astanah Lopez.


A Marathon Event

A summary of the Summer Marathon with a little analysis.

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 (

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.


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!


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!


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

An increasingly common occurrence

Alireza notches up another TA win

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 (

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

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!

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:


GM Ivanchuk v GM Kamsky

Fiona's Fight Night continues - with two more chess legends facing off across 16 blitz games

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.