Lichess Chess960

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Welcome to the official Lichess Chess960 Team!

We are the home of Chess960 fans across Lichess. Join the team for tournaments and other community-driven Chess960 events. Everyone is welcome to join!

VOTE here for the time control you would like to see more for Chess960 Tournaments


Detailed Guide to Chess960 with history, strategy and opening tips as well as further resources.

Table of all 960 starting positions (PDF)

Castling Rules

Tournaments Schedule:

TimeDayEventTime Control
Every hour*Every dayHourly Chess960Various
19:00 UTCWednesdaysWeekly Chess960 Blitz Arena3+0
11:00 UTCSaturdaysWeekly Chess960 Team Battle3+0

*Every hour, when there is no hourly created by Lichess itself, there will be tournament created by this official team

Links to these regular tournaments can be found below , if you scroll down a bit or here.

Additionally, if you are fan of team battles, you can find Daily Chess960 Team Battles hosted by Fischer Random Chess Center


Share and discuss your games here

Feel free to create a topic in the forum if you have questions, want to give feedback, or make suggestion for tournament ideas, events, format or any kind of thing.

Lichess Arena Ranking

• Chess960 versions for other variants, such as Crazyhouse960 and Atomic960 can be played on Pychess. Every 2nd Monday of the month, Crazyhouse960 Shield takes place here

Lichess official variant teams

Lichess Chess960Lichess King of the HillLichess Three-checkLichess AntichessLichess AtomicLichess HordeLichess Racing KingsLichess Crazyhouse


Hourly Chess960 Arena½+0 • Chess960 • Rated • 25mInner team
Hourly Chess960 Arena½+0 • Chess960 • Rated • 25mInner team
Hourly Chess960 Arena3+0 • Chess960 • Rated • 55mInner team
Daily Rapid Arena10+2 • Chess960 • Rated • 1h 30mInner team
Hourly Chess960 Arena3+0 • Chess960 • Rated • 25mInner team


I just realized starting position ID 518 is the standard chess set.Dat1_404 •

ID 518 is the standard chess set.

"Lichess Chess960" tournaments lack visibilityIndigoEngun •

I know this is not something specific to this team, but it's particularly bad here as the additional FRC tournaments are a big part of the appeal when joining. It's better to be paired in a tournament

WC: Half time control of last time and no full championship privilege for Wesley unlike Magnus?nicbentulan •

See here: [Regulations for the 2022 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship]( What do you think? # Championship privilege - full for

960 tournament with longer time controlLeonShernoff •

Hi, visualdennis Thanks for your actions and for tagging me in the discussion. @visualdennis said in #7: > Considering the free time slots ... You have plenty of free time slots for 15 10. P

960 tournament with longer time controltravelgirl •

sadly, non-stop "twitch" tournaments are not longer time controls... 1/2 + 0 tournaments in FRC? jeez, what a joke for most players... i'm sorry, but these aren't time controls for learning to pla

960 tournament with longer time controlNM visualdennis •

@gute321 Considering the free time slots, i'm afraid that is bit too hard to squeeze, 10+15 would require a long tournament duration..Maybe in the future, but currently let's see how this goes first.

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