The strongest Arena-style tournament returns for a second edition
118 titled players joined our inaugural Lichess Titled Arena tournament, which after 2 hours of intense competition, was won by none other than world champion Magnus Carlsen! Magnus chose to donate his prize of $500 back to Lichess, to increase the first prize of the next Title Arena. The remaining $1000 is donated by an anonymous chess philanthropist. A big thanks to both! Consequently, this tournament will have a first prize of $1000! Like last time, the tournament will be streamed on our Twitch account.
If you are new to Lichess, it's important to become familiar with the arena format. Read our FAQ, try out a tournament in advance. Arena points are awarded based on the number of games you win. You can late-join, withdraw or rejoin at any time.
Prizes will be awarded at most 3 days after the event, through PayPal. In the event of a tie, the prize(s) will be split.
To participate in the Titled Arena, you need a verified titled account. There are three ways to do this:
Or: Take a picture of your ID document and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a link to your FIDE card.
Or: Publish a statement about Lichess on a website where you are recognised as who you claim to be. It could be Twitter, Facebook, chess.com, ICC, or anything serious enough. Send us a link to your post.
Please do this asap, so we can verify your account in time for the tournament. No later than 48 hours before tournament start (January 16th, 21:00 UTC).