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Lichess Half-Yr Replace & New Characteristic Sneak Preview


As we transfer into August the Lichess workforce 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’ve got already achieved a lot this yr! Learn on to see among 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 performed within the final six months, you will discover our (slightly 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 may end up in some individuals 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 case you’re involved in making use of this setting, you will discover 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 completely different data than Irwin does to detect suspicious patterns in on-line play, and crucially doesn’t have to do an engine evaluation on a pattern of video games to identify these patterns.

(detective's) magnifying glass inspecting a laptop

This helps save lots 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 evaluation 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 good instance of what will be achieved with neighborhood 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, pc science, and information science. Their work now additionally instantly helps to help the workforce 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 consider that nobody, no matter incapacity or every other cause, ought to battle to entry chess.

Pushed by that philosophy, Lichess has improved the person expertise for visually impaired customers. Lately, we’ve ensured that premoves will be accomplished for these utilizing the display screen reader help operate. Moreover, smaller tweaks like how PGN is copied in blind-mode, and greater 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 provided 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 a complete. The eagle-eyed could have undoubtedly famous we’ve got made some small, however important adjustments to our PGN broadcasts.

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

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 match 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 neighborhood as a complete 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 publish 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 follow of chess and its variants”?

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

Now, Lichess has official groups with the purpose of supporting every variant neighborhood extra intently. Further assets and studying supplies may 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:
Antichess
Atomic
Chess960
Crazyhouse
Horde
King of the Hill
Racing Kings
Three Examine

3. Further Translations and extra Language Help

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

With many core facets 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 /follow (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, probably sooner than the Lichess evaluation would have the ability to analyse it. Completely different engines have completely different programming (effectively, probably apart from Fats Fritz 2 and Houdini 6…) which implies they are going to typically make completely different ideas and provides people completely different concepts to discover.

This new characteristic is technically nonetheless in alpha, that means adjustments are nonetheless potential to occur. However, the intrepid are absolutely welcome to try it out so long as they’ve some technical proficiency. When polished, it must be comparatively simple 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 follow a specific sort of puzzle.

Over the course of 2021 and this yr, work on puzzles has been one among our forefronts. Smaller high quality of life adjustments 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 advised to you. 

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

screenshot of puzzles by opening

And mixed with a brand new characteristic we’re at the moment engaged on, it has potential to essentially allow you to discover weaknesses in your sport and grow to be a extra well-rounded participant general, solely at no cost.

Bonus – New Characteristic Preview: Lichess Tutor

Thibault and the workforce have been engaged on a brand new characteristic: Lichess Tutor. It’s nonetheless in very early phases of growth – that means we are able to’t be clear when it is going to be publicly launched, and that the UI and idea might 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 ranking factors per slice. You’re then in comparison with your ranking friends inside your explicit slice. For instance, in the event you had a 1515 ranking, 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 you must 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 person from the screenshot appeared deeper into their openings class, Lichess Tutor at the moment 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 at the moment recommends puzzles from these regularly performed opening buildings, on the participant’s opening degree, to follow. 

Lichess Tutor is an enormous challenge, with lots of new shifting elements to develop. For instance, to assist take advantage of Lichess Tutor, gamers want entry to good high quality instructional assets. This takes time to develop. One thing many would think about easy – opening pages – to begin with required creation of a new light-weight PGN viewer, developed for use on every other web site. As well as, with round 3,000 openings, that’s lots of new content material for the neighborhood and workforce to supply and create (and finally translate). Mix this with different areas Lichess Tutor could possibly be linked to, corresponding to Lichess Research, Lichess Movies, and the size of the challenge rapidly turns into obvious – and why we are able to’t share a public launch date! 

The ambition can be to transcend openings, after all. Persistently missed middlegame motifs and themes could possibly be highlighted to the participant. Likewise, recurring errors in widespread endgame patterns is also noticed by Lichess Tutor. And identical to with openings, particular instructional assets, puzzles, and trainers may then be really useful to the participant. 

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

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