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’ve got 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’ll find our (somewhat prolonged!) changelog, right here.
8. E-mail Notifications for Correspondence Video games
Correspondence video games give the gamers anyplace from 24 hours to 14 days to make a transfer earlier than ending on time. Naturally, this can lead to some individuals forgetting to make their transfer and dropping on time.
To enhance that have, gamers can now opt-in to e-mail notifications itemizing their correspondence video games, to assist them hold observe of the video games they’re taking part in.
In case you’re serious about making use of this setting, you’ll 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 by way of obfuscation!), so we will’t share an enormous quantity about our new ML assistant, Kaladin, as proud as we’re of it.
Kaladin helps the work that our current AI, Irwin, does to guard Lichess. Kaladin is a neural community that considers completely different info 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.
This helps save a number of time, and permits extra video games (and gamers) to be shortly reviewed by Kaladin. As with Irwin, video games which seem suspicious are despatched to additional evaluate by human moderators, aside 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 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, laptop science, and information science. Their work now additionally immediately helps to help the crew of round 100 industrious and devoted Lichess moderators who keep the chess-side of Lichess and hold it a enjoyable place to play.
6. Enhancements for Visually Impaired Customers
So far as we all know, Lichess was the primary main chess taking part in 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 taking part in 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. Not too long ago, we’ve ensured that premoves will be accomplished for these utilizing the display 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, are actually 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 vital to rising the ecosystem of chess as a complete. The eagle-eyed could have undoubtedly famous we’ve got made some small, however vital adjustments 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 observe of which participant is main, and what outcomes imply for the sphere as a complete.
Broadcasts can even 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 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 will 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 instructing 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 crew having been energetic in informally organising for the variant neighborhood previously – reminiscent of non-FIDE recognised variant Lichess World Championships, and Lichess World Cups.
Now, Lichess has official groups with the intention of supporting every variant neighborhood extra carefully. Extra 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:
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3. Extra Translations and extra Language Assist
Along with our superb moderators, Lichess additionally has actually 1000’s of passionate volunteers who assist to translate the location into different languages by way of CrowdIn.
With many core facets of Lichess having been 100% translated into dozens of languages, further components of the location are actually 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, doubtless sooner than the Lichess evaluation would be capable of analyse it. Completely different engines have completely different programming (properly, doubtlessly aside from Fats Fritz 2 and Houdini 6…) which implies they may 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 totally 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.
Moreover, puzzles had been sorted into themes and motifs – permitting you to follow a specific kind of puzzle.
Over the course of 2021 and this 12 months, work on puzzles has been considered one of 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 are actually urged to you.
Critically, a significant replace just 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.
And mixed with a brand new characteristic we’re at the moment engaged on, it has potential to essentially provide help to discover weaknesses in your sport and turn out to be a extra well-rounded participant general, solely at no cost.
Bonus – New Characteristic Preview: Lichess Tutor
Thibault and the crew have been engaged on a brand new characteristic: Lichess Tutor. It’s nonetheless in very early phases of growth – that means we will’t be clear when it will likely be publicly launched, and that the UI and idea might endure a number of revisions.
At its core, Lichess Tutor has sliced customers rankings into small segments, roughly 30 ranking factors per slice. You’re then in comparison with your ranking friends inside your specific slice. For instance, for those who had a 1515 ranking, you’d be in contrast simply in opposition to different gamers within the 1500 – 1530 class, that can assist you decide the place you’re higher than common in opposition to your competitors, and the place you’ll want to put in some extra work.
Lichess Tutor will then intention that can assist you enhance if you want, by guiding you to free (at all times free!) assets that can assist 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 ceaselessly performed opening buildings, on the participant’s opening degree, to follow.
Lichess Tutor is an enormous mission, with a number of new shifting components 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 start with required creation of a brand new light-weight PGN viewer, developed for use on every other web site. As well as, with round 3,000 openings, that’s a number of new content material for the neighborhood and crew to supply and create (and finally translate). Mix this with different areas Lichess Tutor might be linked to, reminiscent of Lichess Research, Lichess Movies, and the dimensions of the mission shortly turns into obvious – and why we will’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 frequent endgame patterns is also noticed by Lichess Tutor. And similar to with openings, particular academic assets, puzzles, and trainers may then be really useful to the participant.
The place would you wish to see Tutor go subsequent? Tell us within the feedback!