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2023 Lichess Meetup in Barcelona

Initially of September, over 20 Lichess workforce members met up in Barcelona for what turned out to be the biggest workforce meetup and group occasion held to date.

Meetups are a implausible alternative for contributors to fulfill one another and collaborate throughout all areas of Lichess. They’re like prolonged hackathons however with much less sleep deprivation and higher meals – it helps that some workforce members prefer to cook dinner… whereas others can solely be trusted with the washing up! There’s often time to slot in some sightseeing too, however the spotlight for a lot of is a group occasion in a public area the place individuals can play informal OTB chess (or simply hang around). 

In Barcelona we had workforce members from a variety of nations and nationalities: Austria, Canada, France (and Brittany), Germany (and Bavaria), Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Sweden, the UK, america, and Vietnam.

The workforce labored on a number of tasks over the weekend. Lichess’s founder and lead developer Thibault led an off-the-cuff seminar in regards to the codebase, Scala 3 and design selections. Our sysadmin Lucas led an analogous session on servers and programs administration, and there was additionally a team-wide dialogue about governance. Many bugs have been additionally fastened, together with one about correspondence electronic mail notifications that stayed beneath the radars for some time.

Lichess developers discussing an issue

Devs discussing devilish dilemmas

A serious thanks to La Vaca Coworking for being chilled about our workplace canine, supplying limitless tea and occasional, sourcing an important lunch and post-work beers, and customarily being a implausible co-working area. A lot of our weekend was stress free due to them – when you’re ever in Barcelona and wish a spot to work, do test them out!

The subsequent day, among the workforce selected to do a spot of sightseeing across the Sagrada Familia. Just a few others went for a run to the seashore (and a swim). The wisest had a lie-in till late morning (and even later).

Within the afternoon, we joined forces with the Barcelona Chess Meetup group, which organises informal chess meetups each Sunday in Parc de la Ciutadella. Armed with chess boards, beers, nibbles and comfortable drinks, we arrange for a lazy afternoon of casual blitz video games and hanging out within the park because the solar gently set over the Arc de Triomf.

Public meetup in Parc de la Ciutadella

Everybody within the park having fun with IRLichess (as some prefer to name it)

The meetup was extraordinarily effectively attended regardless of our late notification to native Lichess customers. At instances, there have been over 125 individuals unfold throughout the benches within the park – all taking part in, speaking and watching chess. It was completely unbelievable to get to see and meet so many followers of the sport and Lichess in such a ravishing setting.

Coding at the public meetup

The “non-chess” desk stored yelling “Leeeroooooy Jeeeenkins!” for some purpose

Though Magnus Carlsen did not present up like he did in Oslo in 2018, we have been no much less blessed by the presence of IM Greg Shahade and WGM Jennifer Shahade for numerous components of the weekend. A number of different titled gamers additionally attended the occasion within the park, however we expect Greg maintained optimistic data towards all challengers, albeit with a number of shut calls!

IM Greg Shahade challenges one of Lichess's finest (Nico)

IM Greg Shahade challenges Lichess’s most interesting (Nico)

When you’re in Barcelona and fancy some informal chess, go take a look at the Barcelona Chess Meetup group, which meets each Sunday within the park when the climate’s good.

Cammy (a dog), looking at dog-related rules in the park where Lichess held its public Meetup.

Cammy analysing the principles



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