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Lichess Official Blog

Lichess Half-Year Update & New Feature Sneak Preview

Lichess @Cynosure Announcements

August is the perfect time for a June update :)

As we move into August the Lichess team started to curate the improvements, new features, and work your donations and support has allowed us to do. In only the six months from January to June, we have already accomplished so much this year! Read on to see some of the work we’re most excited about, plus an early look into an exciting new feature. If you want to find out more about what we’ve done in the last six months, you can find our (rather lengthy!) changelog, here.

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A first time Grandmaster Titled Arena winner and Nakamura's forbidden platform

@NoJoke Chess

Sometimes arenas can be cruel. The second place score in Saturday’s Bullet Titled Arena would have been enough to win June’s bullet arena by 19 points. Instead, it was enough to lose to IM Minh Le by 24 points. Minh was absolutely dominant, starting out by winning an incredible 22 games in a row. From there, he cruised to an easy victory. Le has recently completed his third GM norm and should be officially named a GM at the next FIDE congress barring any norm shenanigans, which, unfortunately given the FIDE norm process, cannot be totally barred. Le has been over 2500 for a while now, and was probably an easy pick for the “strongest IM” title. The GM title would be a well deserved honor for a player who is clearly not in over his head against even the very best online blitz and bullet players in the world.

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Stockfish vs ChessBase, Round 1

@NoJoke Chess

On July 4th this year, after a lot of waiting, Stockfish and Chessbase finally got their first day in court. The battle between the two software makers began when ChessBase released a chess engine called “Fat Fritz 2” that was allegedly a repackaged version of Stockfish. This led to some significant recrimination, including on this very website. The case was of interest to free software advocates and chess players everywhere, so we sent a Lichess developer to the courtroom in Munich to witness events firsthand and report on them. We also spoke with ChessBase CEO Matthias Wüllenweber. (Full text of the interview)

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Candidates Day 14: Nakamura and Ding battle for... possibly nothing?

@NoJoke Chess

The Candidates Tournament 2022 concluded yesterday with the last round. It was a day full of action and three decisive results out of for. Ian Nepomniachtchi, having already won the tournament, secured a draw and an impressive 9.5/14 overall score. Ding Liren seized the coveted second place spot at the finish line.

Nepomniachtchi joins an elite club of players who have won the Candidates consecutive times, and will get a second shot at the World Championship. We will have to wait for Carlsen’s decision to see if Ding’s run for the 2nd place spot will yield him something more than an increased prize and glory.

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Candidates Day Thirteen: Nepomniachtchi triumphant

@NoJoke Chess

Credits: Stev Bonhage / FIDE

The twelfth round of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid has concluded. Ian Nepomniachtchi clinched his tournament victory today, and will soon play a World Championship match, although his opponent remains to be decided. In clear second place after a victory today is Hikaru Nakamura. He sits a half point ahead of Ding Liren in third. Very conveniently, Nakamura and Liren will play each other in the final round, meaning tie-breaks will not play any role. If Liren wins he is cleanly past Nakamura, any other result means that Nakamura takes second.

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Candidates Day Twelve: Nepomniachtchi almost home

@NoJoke Chess

The twelfth round of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid has concluded. Ian Nepomniachtchi has all but mathematically sealed the win in this tournament with an easy draw today. He sits 2 points ahead of the field with 2 rounds remaining. The fight for second place, and the possibility of a hand-me-down World Championship spot from Magnus is nowhere near as resolved. Hikaru Nakamura and Ding Liren are currently tied for second place with Fabiano Caruana and Teimour Radjabov only a half-point behind.

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Lichess Celebrates Pride Month

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On the 28th June 1969, in the early hours of the morning, the New York City Police raided The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. This single action galvanised the LGBT+ community for decades, and the ripples continue today. The ensuing riots were a pivotal moment in the fight for LGBT+ rights, and kickstarted a more visible and direct era of campaigning for those rights. A year later, the Stonewall riots were commemorated with the first gay pride march, and later became more recognisable as modern LGBT+ Pride events. Because of the events of 1969, every June, we celebrate the progress made by and for LGBT+ people, and consider how much further there is still to go until LGBT+ people have worldwide freedom to live their most authentic lives. 

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