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Lichess Half-Yr Replace & New Function Sneak Preview

As we transfer into August the Lichess crew began to curate the enhancements, new options, and work your donations and help has allowed us to do. In solely the six months from January to June, we now have already completed a lot this 12 months! Learn on to see a number of the work we’re most enthusiastic about, plus an early look into an thrilling new characteristic.

If you wish to discover out extra about what we’ve achieved within the final six months, you could find our (reasonably prolonged!) changelog, right here.

8. E mail Notifications for Correspondence Video games

Correspondence video games give the gamers wherever from 24 hours to 14 days to make a transfer earlier than ending on time. Naturally, this can lead to some folks forgetting to make their transfer and shedding on time.

To enhance that have, gamers can now opt-in to electronic mail notifications itemizing their correspondence video games, to assist them maintain monitor of the video games they’re enjoying.

picture of preference option

In the event you’re thinking about making use of this setting, you could find it in your preferences right here.

7. New Machine Studying, Neural Community, Anti-Cheat Assistant

We’ve traditionally been quiet about what we do from an anti-cheat perspective (safety through obfuscation!), so we are able to’t share an enormous quantity about our new ML assistant, Kaladin, as proud as we’re of it.

Kaladin helps the work that our present AI, Irwin, does to guard Lichess. Kaladin is a neural community that considers totally different data than Irwin does to detect suspicious patterns in on-line play, and crucially doesn’t must do an engine evaluation on a pattern of video games to identify these patterns.

(detective's) magnifying glass inspecting a laptop

This helps save a whole lot of time, and permits extra video games (and gamers) to be rapidly reviewed by Kaladin. As with Irwin, video games which seem suspicious are despatched to additional assessment by human moderators, apart from very apparent circumstances which Irwin or Kaladin can deal with themselves (though appeals are at all times reviewed by people).

Kaladin is a superb instance of what may be achieved with group will, and a motivation to enhance on-line chess for everybody. Kaladin was developed primarily by moderator volunteers with skilled careers or backgrounds in programming, laptop science, and knowledge science. Their work now additionally instantly helps to help the crew of round 100 industrious and devoted Lichess moderators who keep the chess-side of Lichess and maintain it a enjoyable place to play.

6. Enhancements for Visually Impaired Customers

So far as we all know, Lichess was the primary main chess enjoying server to allow screen-reader help and permit blind and visually impaired customers to play on-line chess. So far as we all know, we’re nonetheless the one main chess enjoying server to permit accessibility for blind and visually impaired customers to play on-line chess. Chess is a satisfying and cognitive sport and we strongly imagine that nobody, no matter incapacity or another motive, ought to battle to entry chess.

Pushed by that philosophy, Lichess has improved the consumer expertise for visually impaired customers. Lately, we’ve ensured that premoves may be accomplished for these utilizing the display reader help perform. Moreover, smaller tweaks like how PGN is copied in blind-mode, and larger tweaks like optimising screen-reader help on post-game evaluation and Lichess research, at the moment are supported.

Customers who learn on will see some cross-over in accessibility right here and in our updates to puzzles, too – with keyboard help (together with braille keyboards) additionally now supplied to puzzles.

5. Adjustments to Broadcasts

Giving visibility and supporting the over-the-board chess world (aka “IRLichess”) the place Lichess can is necessary to rising the ecosystem of chess as an entire. The eagle-eyed may have undoubtedly famous we now have made some small, however vital modifications to our PGN broadcasts.

Critically, a lot of our PGN broadcasts from main tournaments will now additionally present the event standings, making it simpler to maintain monitor of which participant is main, and what outcomes imply for the sector as an entire.

screenshot of standings in a broadcast page

Broadcasts may now be arrange 12 months earlier than the date of the occasion is due. This has allowed Lichess to have the ability to create a event calendar with linked broadcasts for all main chess occasions. In no small half, this is because of one other small military of incredible volunteers and the group as an entire who assist us supply PGN broadcasts, set them up on Lichess, and guarantee any bugs or glitches from the PGN supply is swiftly corrected – additionally guaranteeing we are able to put up extra occasions up than earlier than, too.

4. Official Groups for Variants

Do you know that Lichess’ official charitable goal is translated into English as “to advertise and encourage the educating and apply of chess and its variants”?

The variant group has at all times been a vibrant and passionate a part of Lichess as an entire, with many in our crew having been energetic in informally organising for the variant group prior to now – akin to non-FIDE recognised variant Lichess World Championships, and Lichess World Cups.

Now, Lichess has official groups with the purpose of supporting every variant group extra intently. Further assets and studying supplies will also be discovered inside every of the official groups – so now there’s no excuse for not attempting a brand new variant.

The official groups:
King of the Hill
Racing Kings
Three Examine

3. Further Translations and extra Language Assist

Along with our wonderful moderators, Lichess additionally has actually 1000’s of passionate volunteers who assist to translate the positioning into different languages through CrowdIn.

With many core elements of Lichess having been 100% translated into dozens of languages, extra elements of the positioning at the moment are prepared for translation – together with /class and /apply (which has improved translations) – serving to to make chess extra accessible to all.

As well as, help has now been added for right-to-left written languages (like Arabic).

2. Supporting Exterior Chess Engines for Evaluation

With this replace, customers can analyse video games with any engine that they’ve entry to, seemingly quicker than the Lichess evaluation would have the ability to analyse it. Totally different engines have totally different programming (effectively, probably apart from Fats Fritz 2 and Houdini 6…) which implies they’ll typically make totally different strategies and provides people totally different concepts to discover.

This new characteristic is technically nonetheless in alpha, which means modifications are nonetheless potential to occur. However, the intrepid are absolutely welcome to check it out so long as they’ve some technical proficiency. When polished, it needs to be comparatively straightforward to arrange and require no particular information.

1. Updates to Puzzles

In early 2021, we produced a big replace to puzzles, such because the puzzle dashboard which at a look suggests your tactical weaknesses and strengths.

screenshot of 2021 puzzle dashboard

Moreover, puzzles have been sorted into themes and motifs – permitting you to apply a selected sort of puzzle.

Over the course of 2021 and this 12 months, work on puzzles has been one in all our forefronts. Smaller high quality of life modifications like permitting keyboard enter of options, or navigating puzzles by keyboard, permits puzzles to now be extra accessible than earlier than. New assessments of your strengths and enchancment areas at the moment are prompt to you. 

Critically, a significant replace lately in 2022 is that puzzles have now additionally been sorted by opening – which means that you could now apply in opposition to particular buildings and opening positions you’re prone to encounter in your pet strains.

screenshot of puzzles by opening

And mixed with a brand new characteristic we’re presently engaged on, it has potential to essentially make it easier to discover weaknesses in your sport and turn out to be a extra well-rounded participant total, solely free of charge.

Bonus – New Function Preview: Lichess Tutor

Thibault and the crew have been engaged on a brand new characteristic: Lichess Tutor. It’s nonetheless in very early levels of improvement – which means we are able to’t be clear when will probably be publicly launched, and that the UI and idea could endure a number of revisions.

screenshot of Lichess Tutor prototype page

At its core, Lichess Tutor has sliced customers scores into small segments, roughly 30 score factors per slice. You’re then in comparison with your score friends inside your explicit slice. For instance, for those who had a 1515 score, you’ll be in contrast simply in opposition to different gamers within the 1500 – 1530 class, that will help you decide the place you’re higher than common in opposition to your competitors, and the place it’s essential to put in some extra work. 

Lichess Tutor will then purpose that will help you enhance if you want, by guiding you to free (at all times free!) assets that will help you enhance. For instance, if the consumer from the screenshot regarded deeper into their openings class, Lichess Tutor presently reveals how the participant performs in opposition to their friends within the particular openings they play as white and black. Drilling down into that, Lichess Tutor presently recommends puzzles from these steadily performed opening buildings, on the participant’s opening degree, to apply. 

Lichess Tutor is a giant mission, with a whole lot of new shifting elements to develop. For instance, to assist benefit from Lichess Tutor, gamers want entry to good high quality academic assets. This takes time to develop. One thing many would contemplate easy – opening pages – to begin with required creation of a new light-weight PGN viewer, developed for use on another web site. As well as, with round 3,000 openings, that’s a whole lot of new content material for the group and crew to supply and create (and finally translate). Mix this with different areas Lichess Tutor might be linked to, akin to Lichess Research, Lichess Movies, and the dimensions of the mission rapidly turns into obvious – and why we are able to’t share a public launch date! 

The ambition can be to transcend openings, in fact. Persistently missed middlegame motifs and themes might be highlighted to the participant. Likewise, recurring errors in widespread endgame patterns may be noticed by Lichess Tutor. And similar to with openings, particular academic assets, puzzles, and trainers may then be advisable to the participant. 

The place would you wish to see Tutor go subsequent? Tell us within the feedback!



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