Starting in Spring 2019, the Q300 Chess Team has a “virtual home” – lichess.org, a very popular online chess hub, which happens to be 100% free. We use it to keep everyone connected, and to host various events – tournaments, simultaneous exhibitions, group lessons, puzzle challenges. LiChess has become especially critical during the COVID-19 crisis – it is our community spot to get together and stay connected.

Feel free to use this guide as a wiki page. Reach out to us if you have any questions.


Table of Contents

  1. Navigation
  2. Playing
  3. Learning from your Games
  4. Puzzles / Tutorials
  5. Social
  6. Mobile


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Playing

  • To challenge a friend* (see “Social” section below for adding friends):
    • Home Page -> “Play with a friend” button on the right
    • NOTE: your” friends” also show up in a box in the bottom right corner.  To challenge one, hover over their username, and click the button that looks like 2 swords
  • To play a stranger:
    • Home Page -> 2nd menu from the top:
      • “Quick pairing”: system will auto-match you with someone of similar strength
      • “Lobby”: list of people offering to play at various time controls, click and the game begins!
  • To play the computer:
    • Home Page -> “Play with the machine” button on the right
    • The computer can be tweaked to play on any level
  • To challenge other Q300 students who are currently online:
    • Go to the “Q300 Chess Team” team page (see “Social” section below for how to join)
    • Players who are online have a green light next to them.  Hover over their username and click the button that looks like 2 swords

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Learning from your Games

  • To catalog your tournament games on LiChess:
    • Create a new Study: “Learn” -> “Study” -> create a new one (‘+’ sign on desktop)
    • Name it something like “John’s Tournament Games 2019”
    • Settings: Visibility=Invite Only, Enable sync = No
    • Add each game as a separate chapter in the study.
    • Share the study with the coaches: use “ADD MEMBERS”.  Saudin’s username is nychesskids.
  • To review one of your games / find blunders:
    • Go to the relevant game or study chapter
      • Your username in the upper right -> “Profile” -> look for “games” or “studies”
    • Request a computer analysis
      • For games – select “ANALYSIS BOARD” option on the right
      • For study chapters – look for the computer analysis option on the bottom
    • Once the computer is done analyzing, it will display a summary. Click on “blunders” to drill down into specific examples.
    • NOTE: Computers are very good at identifying blunders, but not as good with mistakes/inaccuracies. You should never take the computer’s suggestion for granted – try to understand why the computer classified your move a blunder. There are several possibilities:
      • a) You missed a much better move
      • b) Your move allows your opponent to greatly improve their position
  • To continue playing from a position in one of your games:
    • Start reviewing a game (see above)
    • Click the lower right menu button, which looks like three horizontal bars
    • Select “Continue from here” (visible if you scroll up a little)
  • To turn your mistakes into puzzles:
    • Start reviewing a game (see above)
    • Scroll down and select “Computer analysis” in the bottom menu
    • Click the “REQUEST A COMPUTER ANALYSIS” button below the board
    • Click the “LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES” button at the bottom right of the board
    • NOTE: you only need to request computer analysis once per game.  Once it’s done, “Learn from your mistakes” will always be available.
    • Check out the LiChess blog post about this feature.

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Puzzles / Tutorials

  • Beginners: use the “Practice” feature to take interactive lessons:
    • “LEARN” (top menu) -> “Practice”
    • “LEARN” (top menu) -> “Chess basics” (if you are totally new)
  • Intermediate/Advanced: solve training puzzles:
    • “LEARN” (top menu) -> “Puzzles”
  • All levels: watch video lessons:
    • “WATCH” (top menu) -> “Video Library”
    • Use the left menu to filter by topic

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Social

  • Join our LiChess team pages:
  • Once you join, see the roster to find out who is who. Contact us to get the password.
  • To add someone to your friend list:
    • Find out their LiChess username
    • Find them using the search button near the top right corner
    • “Follow” them, by clicking the “thumbs up” button in the menu on the right
  • To enable “Kid Mode” (all communication features off):
    • Select your username in the upper right corner
    • Select “Preferences”
    • Select “Kid mode” in the left menu and follow the instructions
    • NOTE: team pages and chat will not be available when kid mode is turned on
  • To disable in-game chat:
    • When you are playing a game, there is a chat room on the left side of the board
    • You can click the box next to “Chat room” to enable or disable it
    • Your selection will be saved for future games
    • Beware – this can be a little buggy sometimes.  For example, when you re-enable it, it sometimes doesn’t start working again until you refresh the website

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Mobile Version

  • LiChess.org can fully be used from a mobile browser.  It functions just as well.
  • There is also a mobile app, available for both iOS and Android.  It differs from the desktop version in several notable ways:
    • Different UI, but still very fast and responsive
    • “Practice” is not available
    • “Video library” is not available
    • Team pages are not available

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