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 frequently use it to host various “pop-up” events – tournaments, simultaneous exhibitions, group lessons, puzzle challenges.

Here is a basic guide to using LiChess. Feel free to 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


Navigation

Top


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

Top


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.

Top


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

Top


Social

  • Join our LiChess team pages:
    • Q300 Chess Team, NYChessKids
    • Use the”join” button. Please put Student Name, Grade, Parent Name, Email and Mobile number in the text field.
    • NOTE: If you have “Kid Mode” enabled (see below), team pages are not available to you.
  • 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
  • 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

Top


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

Top