Table of Contents
- 0.1 How to Join Lichess Team
- 0.1.1 How to Participate in a Tournament?
- 0.1.2 Frequently Asked Questions on Lichess & Rating
- 0.1.2.0.1 What rating system does Lichess use?
- 0.1.2.0.2 Why is there a question mark (?) next to a rating?
- 0.1.2.0.3 Why are ratings higher compared to other sites and organisations such as FIDE, USCF and the ICC?
- 0.1.2.0.4 How to hide ratings while playing?
- 0.1.2.0.5 I lost a game due to lag/disconnection. Can I get my rating points back?
- 0.1.2.0.6 Why am I flagged for artificial rating manipulation (sandbagging and boosting) or computer assistance?
- 0.1.2.0.7 How are Bullet, Blitz and other time controls decided?
- 0.1.2.0.8 Losing on time, drawing and insufficient material
- 0.1.2.0.9 Why can a pawn capture another pawn when it is already passed? (en passant)
- 0.1.2.0.10 Threefold Repetition
- 0.1.2.1 We did not repeat moves. Why was the game still drawn by repetition?
- 0.1.2.2 We repeated a position three times. Why was the game not drawn?
- 1 General Ethics & Principles
How to Join Lichess Team
(if you are already part of the team, you can skip this step)
Step 1: Sign in to Lichess.org/login
Use Only Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge Browser. App is not that recommended. If the browser is causing issues, then use the app.
Sign in with your username and password.
Step 3: Press Join Team
Step 5: Solve the Mate in 1 Puzzle
Step 6: Press Join Team & Await our Approval.
How to Participate in a Tournament?
Step 1: Sign in to Lichess
Step 2: Go to Community Tab -> Click on Teams
Step 3: Click on Your Team
Grey Rabbit means that the tournament is over.
Golden Rabbit means it’s an upcoming tournament. Click on an upcoming tournament.
You can also notice the day, date and time of the event.
If it’s in RED color (instead of green like in the above image) then the JOIN button will not be highlighted.
which means you need to join the team first, to be eligible to participate in the tournament.
Note: The original JOIN button now became Withdraw. You can click on that to withdraw from a tournament.
Once your name is on the list, you have successfully joined the tournament.
To play it, you need to show up on the same tournament page at the appropriate time, to get automatically paired with other participants.
10+0 = Time Control for both players
1h (hour) is the duration of the event
Date and Time have given below, along with other info.
C30 King’s Gambit is a chess opening that players will play in this tournament.
Step 1: Go to Tournaments & Events Tab at the top menu
And 2 the Tournament link under website (2) click on it and follow the above given joining procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions on Lichess & Rating
What rating system does Lichess use?
Basically, the system is 90% sure that your rating is somewhere between 800 and 2200. When a player is just starting out, their rating estimate will change very dramatically, potentially several hundred points at a time. After some games against established players the confidence interval will narrow, and points gained/lost per game will decrease.
Another point to note is that, as time passes, the confidence interval will increase. This allows you to gain/lose points points more rapidly to match any changes in your skill level over that time.
Why is there a question mark (?) next to a rating?
- The player has not yet finished enough rated games against opponents of similar strength in the rating category.
- The player hasn’t played enough recent games. Depending on the number of games you’ve played, it might take around a year of inactivity for your rating to become provisional again.
Concretely, it means that the Glicko-2 deviation is greater than 110. The deviation is the level of confidence the system has in the rating. The lower the deviation, the more stable a rating is.
Why are ratings higher compared to other sites and organisations such as FIDE, USCF and the ICC?
It is useful to think of ratings as “relative” figures (as opposed to “absolute” figures): Within a pool of players, their relative differences in ratings will help you estimate who will win/draw/lose, and how often. Saying “I have X rating” means nothing unless there are other players to compare that rating to.
How to hide ratings while playing?
I lost a game due to lag/disconnection. Can I get my rating points back?
Why am I flagged for artificial rating manipulation (sandbagging and boosting) or computer assistance?
How are Bullet, Blitz and other time controls decided?
For instance, the estimated duration of a 5+3 game is 5 × 60 + 40 × 3 = 420 seconds.
- ≤ 30s = UltraBullet
- ≤ 180s = Bullet
- ≤ 480s = Blitz
- ≤ 1500s = Rapid
- ≥ 1500s = Classical
Losing on time, drawing and insufficient material
In rare cases this can be difficult to decide automatically (forced lines, fortresses). By default we always side with the player who did not run out of time.
Note that it can be possible to mate with a single knight or bishop if the opponent has a piece that could block the king.
Why can a pawn capture another pawn when it is already passed? (en passant)
It is described in section 3.7 (d) of the official rules (PDF):
“A pawn occupying a square on the same rank as and on an adjacent file to an opponent’s pawn which has just advanced two squares in one move from its original square may capture this opponent’s pawn as though the latter had been moved only one square. This capture is only legal on the move following this advance and is called an ‘en passant’ capture.”
See the Lichess training on this move for some practice with it.
We did not repeat moves. Why was the game still drawn by repetition?
Threefold repetition is about repeated positions, not moves. Repetition does not have to occur consecutively.
We repeated a position three times. Why was the game not drawn?
Repetition needs to be claimed by one of the players. You can do so by pressing the button that is shown, or by offering a draw before your final repeating move. You can also configure Lichess to automatically claim repetitions for you. Additionally, fivefold repetition always immediately ends the game.
General Ethics & Principles
- Do Not Cheat or use computer assistance. Lichess has the tech to detect malpractice. Cheating will lead to a permanent account & IP ban. You may never be able to play again. So DO NOT CHEAT.
- Free up Memory Space & HardDisk Space on your phone/laptop/tab. This will prevent hangups or lag when playing.
- Do not Rage Quit (leave the game) unfinished. This will lead to a penalty and a temporary ban from playing. If you need to leave urgently, then resign the game. Do not just close the browser or app.
- If you want to leave the tournament then be sure to click withdraw on the tournament page.
- Do not ask players to Play Fast! Be patient, chess is a strategic, calculative game.
- Do Not Play Fast! Think, Strategize, and then Play.
- Don’t abuse, bully, or use foul language. Be courteous to other players. You never know who is on the other side. If coach or admins spot you badmouthing, you may get banned from playing temporarily.
- Do not cry or rage quit over loses. Always be cool, calm, and collected. Understand why you lost, made your mistakes, take notes of your mistakes, mindset, posture, thinking process, moves played, and course-correct yourself for future success & wins.
- Do not Quit. Losers will eventually win, but quitters are the real losers.
- Have Fun & Enjoy the Game!