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. The number of things you can do on LiChess is simply astounding. Here is a short list:
- Join the Q300 Chess Team and NYChessKids team pages, and challenge other students who are online.
- Play a friend, or let the site match you up against a similar-level opponent.
- Play training games vs. a computer, which can be tweaked to play on any level.
- Create a catalog of your tournament games, and share it (privately) with NYChessKids coaches, who will help review your games.
- Identify mistakes you made using the computer, and turn them into puzzles you can solve.
- Solve LiChess-provided training exercises using the “Practice” feature.
- Solve NYChessKids-provided puzzle sets, which are bundled with the video lessons.
- Participate in online tournaments, simultaneous exhibitions, and lessons. We have these throughout the year, as well as over the summer.
- Participate in fun team “challenges”. In July 2019, NYChessKids put together a USA – Philippines online match, which ended in a 25-25 tie, and came down to the last game, with Q300 superstar Gabriela pulling off a win for the tie.
LiChess “Cheat Sheet” is a detailed 1-pager we put together. It has step-by-step instructions on how to use the above-mentioned features, as well as many, many others.
Once you join LiChess, be sure to tell us your username and ask for a “who is who” list from us. And of course, be sure to join our WhatsApp channel to be notified about online events (tournaments, simuls, lessons, puzzle nights) when they occur.