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Lichess Official Blog

Too Strong, Too Fast: Carlsen Rides Again in the Lichess Titled Arena

John Chernoff Chess

Too Strong, Too Fast: Magnus wins his Eighth Titled Arena

In stark contrast to last December's photo finish, Magnus Carlsen (DrNykterstein) cruised to victory in the January Lichess Titled Arena. The World Champion finished 56 points ahead of a field of over forty Grandmasters, seventy International Masters, and a server that only through the valiant efforts of Lichess's volunteer staff survived a record 42,291 online players. In second place was the Ukranian Grandmaster Oleksandr Bortnyk (Night-King96), and in third one of Magnus's trickiest rivals in previous arenas, the wily anonymous International Master lodewijkfrederik. To give a sense of Carlsen's dominance, after his "customary" first round loss he dropped only three out of his next 58 games (minus one from technical difficulties), and at one point managed to put together a mind boggling 22 game win streak against the best blitzers in the world.

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New Year, New Titled Arena

Lukhas Announcements

Our 10th Titled Arena takes place on the 5th of January, 19:00 UTC.

Just before the Tata Steel Chess tournament, start the year with some high quality bullet and come enjoy the 10th Titled Arena on Lichess.

As usual, the tournament will be preceded by a Warm-up Arena, open to all players on Lichess (with a minimum of 20 rated bullet games).

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Lichess End of Year Update 2018

Lichess Team Announcements

Onward and upward!

It’s been a huge year for Lichess, with a record number of events and a massive increase in users. In fact, there has been so much growth that we finally had to add an extra front-end server to cope! Lichess is not just growing in numbers, though – the hard work of our developers has brought about many new features and technical improvements. We’ve also expanded into new areas, including some forays into journalism and a string of special events. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of the year and looking forward to what the next one will bring!

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Carlsen ekes out another Topsy Turvy Titled Arena Victory

John @ZugAddict Chernoff Chess

Carlsen narrowly wins his seventh Titled Arena

Lest anyone suppose that all things come easily to the once wunderkind, now wundermensch of chess, Magnus Carlsen, the latest Lichess Titled Arena demonstrated just how intense competition has become in the rough and tumble world of online bullet chess. In the end, the World Champion prevailed for the seventh time, surpassing his main rival penguingim1 (GM Andrew Tang) by the narrowest of margins.   In addition to the dramatic finish, Carlsen made some memorable contributions to bullet opening theory along the way:

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Deathmatch: Leela vs. Stockfish

Nojoke Announcements

The REAL World Championship

Shortly before the lowly humans play in Titled Arena 9, Lichess will host a match between 2 stronger competitors. Leela Chess Zero and Stockfish 10 will play 6 games of 5+2 chess with Commentary by Lichess favorite ChessNetwork starting Sat, 15th Dec at 17:00 UTC.

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The Lichess Titled Arena is back Saturday 15th of December

Lukhas Announcements

The 9th Lichess Titled Arena!

After taking a break during the World Championship (congratulations to Magnus and Fabiano for a very tense match), the Lichess Titled Arena resumes normal scheduling on the 15th of December, at 19:00 UTC. Will Magnus Carlsen try to claim back the arguably more important accolade of Titled Arena Champion?

This event will also celebrate the 1 year anniversary of these Titled Arenas! The team welcomes any birthday cakes sent to Lichess HQ.

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Carlsen Retains World Title After Tiebreak Massacre

GM Ian Rogers Chess

Caruana defeated 0-3 in Rapid Playoffs

Tickets for the final day of the World Championship match, the rapid tiebreakers, had only been on sale for 36 hours when the VIP tickets, priced at 600 pounds, were declared sold out. (General admission was a bargain at only 120 pounds.)

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Lichess London Meetup Recap

Lucas Bonnet Announcements

Blitz tournament, limited edition hoodies, famous streamers

Last Saturday, Lichess held a Meetup in London, in a pub near the World Championship Venue. People turned up en masse, from beginners to seasoned players, making the evening a huge success, as demonstrated by this heartwarming reddit post. Thanks to all the players that took part in our blitz tournament, and congratulations to the top 3 finishers: Robbie Cahar, Anil Cengiz and Eric Rosen, who all got a limited edition London Meetup hoodie.

While the team didn't have time to work on Lichess features for this Meetup, we still had time to take some pictures, enjoy our selection below.

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