7 things why lichess is best website to play and study chess

Lichess is currently one of the most popular websites to play chess. Thibault Duplessis from France formed lichess in 2010. As of September 15, 2020, lichess.org had a global rank of 1,307 at Alexa, with most of its visitors coming from the United States, India, and Germany.

Lichess is a completely free service to everyone and they don’t have a big team. Lichess is my personal favorite website because of its playing experience. Here are some key points why I think lichess is the best website all over the world.

1- Completly Free

Lichess is completely free and there are very few businesses that run absolutely free. If lichess started to run google ads then it can easily earn thousands of dollars. When I am writing this article there are 127000+ players who are playing on lichess. Currently, lichess is the only website in chess that is completely free and has huge traffic. Lichess uses patron model to fund their cost. When anyone donates any amount then they get a special Patreon. The badge on there profile. There are various lichess users who have donated to lichess in the form of lifetime membership. This membership is priced at 250USD.

2- Lichess analysis tools

Currently, I think lichess is one of the best tools to analyze your own games. Go to tools- analysis board and then you will able to analyze your game. Currently, lichess is using stockfish 12 which is also completely free to use source engine.

3- Puzzles

Recently lichess redesigned their puzzle section. Those who are finding good puzzles then they should defiantly solve lichess puzzles. In last month lichess started the puzzle dashboard and puzzle storm. Lichess also included 63000 puzzles in their lichess database. These puzzles are open source and can be downloaded in PGN and can be used to create any data or ebook or etc.

In puzzle storm, you will get 3 min and you have to solve maximum puzzles. Other websites started similar features before lichess but they offered in premium package. Lichess is 1st website to launch this feature for free. You can download these puzzles from here – https://database.lichess.org/

4- Lichess Coaches

Lichess only allows coach applications from titled players. That’s why spammers and fake profiles are not entertained. Lichess also offers a separate page for coaches where they can attach their photos and accomplishments. All applications are verified by lichess team members.

Lichess also offers a lichess classes section where you can add your students and send them messages, notes and track their progress. This feature is also exclusively available on lichess only. apply from here – https://lichess.org/help/master

5-Organizing a tournament

It is very easy to create tournaments on lichess. Players can also join the tournament with a link and password. This feature allows players to create tournaments with friends. Organizers also prefer lichess because it is very simple to use. Lichess also has good anti-cheating members.

You can easily create a tournament with various variants, swiss tournaments, club tournaments, club battles,s, etc.

6- Playing experience

The playing experience is also amazing on lichess. Lichess is very fast and has a very less lagging issue. I haven’t faced any server down issues on lichess. lichess also improving their playing experience from time to time. Lichess also offers many varients such as horde, king on the hill, chess 960, etc.

7- Open source code

All codes are free to use. You can use lichess codes to develop your website and it is amazing. there are no copyrights, patents,s, etc. Since lichess is always free to everyone, Thibault thinks that all codes should also be free. There are various websites that have inspired by lichess codes.

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5 Best books about Ruy Lopez opening

Ruy Lopez opening is one of the most popular openings in the chess world. This opening is played by many strong players such as Caruana Fabiano, Nakamura, Ivanchuk, Anand, etc. Almost every top player played Ruy Lopez opening in their career. Ruy Lopez’s line is derived from famous player Ruy Lopez sangura.

Ruy Lopez opening is very hard to understand and study. There are always novelties and new lines are coming in Ruy Lopez. Some of these books give a direct repertoire, some of them provide instructive games while some just touch upon key concepts in the Ruy Lopez.

There are various variations in Ruy Lopez. These variations are also very deep. To study Ruy Lopez it is important to read books and watch some awesome DVDs. Here we are giving some book suggestions on Ruy Lopez. Some of the books are for the black side and some are from the black side.

A Spanish Repertoire for Black by Mihail Marin

This book is published by quality chess and written by Mihail Marin. Mihail Marin is a well-known grandmaster and author of many chess books and recorded many chess DVDs. In this book, he covered Spanish opening which is a variation in Ruy Lopez.
Spanish opening variation is 5th move N*e4. Spanish opening is very much a popular opening against Ruy Lopez. This book is very old but still a gem. I recommend this book for players who got some basic ratings and has some knowledge about chess.

Fighting the Ruy Lopez

This book is written by Milos Pavlovic and published by everyman chess. This book is perfect for beginners who want to learn how to play against ruy Lopez. They have suggested a marshall attack from the black side which is a very famous defense against Ruy Lopez. The Marshall is a perfect weapon for Black, as it avoids passive positions and the so-called ‘Spanish torture’ of many other variations.

The Ruy Lopez Move by Move

 

This book is published by everyman chess publication. Move by the move is the best series to learn openings for beginners. This book is written by Neil Mcdonald. He is a well-known chess player. Move by move series is my personal favorite and it covers all essential knowledge for beginners. It covers the following things.

Essential guidance and training in the Ruy Lopez

Important ideas absorbed by continued practice

Covers both mainline and d3 repertoire options for White

Understanding before Moving 1: Ruy Lopez – Italian

This book is published by a thinker publication. Thinkers publication is a very well-known book publication house owned by GM Romain Eduard. This book is written by Herman Grooten. This book provides an overview of the positions and corresponding plans arising from the Ruy Lopez and Italian Openings. This learning method was developed by the author enabling the chess player to understand any structure that is derived from both opening set-ups.

The Chigorin Bible – A Classic Defence to the Ruy Lopez

This book is written by a very well-known author Grandmaster Ivan Sokolov and published by Thinkers publication. Grandmaster Ivan Sokolov is a very famous coach also. He has coached the Iranian team which included GM Firouzja Alireza, GM Parham Magsoodloo, etc. Grandmaster Mathew Sadler said this about this book in new in chess magazine 2019 – “Probably not an easy read for the club player, but still an original and high-class exploration of one of the most important openings in chess. It’s a really good book! 5 stars”

If you like our article then do read our article on king’s Indian books and players

Best king’s Indian books

King’s Indian players

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Know everything about chess knight

There is a total of 7 pieces in chess that are King, Queen, Rook, Bishop, Knight, Pawn, etc. In which King, queen, and rook are major pieces and Bishop and knight are minor pieces. In this article, we are going to see information about chess knights. We will see a brilliant game which is played by two strong players.

1- How does the knight move?

In chess, Knight moves in L shape. For e.g, you can move your knight two and a half squares. I am attaching one image so you will understand better how the knight moves. Chess is a very old game and the movement of this piece is decided when the game invented. We don’t have any control over changing pieces’ movement.

What is the value of a knight in chess?

Knight has 3 points in chess. other pieces have 0-9 points for e.g. Queen has 9 points, King has 0 points, the rook has 5 points, Bishop has 3 points and the pawn has 1 point. Since this points system doest matter very much for players. Position and control over the board are important for win the game.

What does the Knight do in chess?

Knight is the piece that is a very important part of a chess game. Since knight and bishop have the same value, some players prefer bishop over knight and vice versa. Knight is very strong in a closed position whereas the bishop is strong in the open position. So remember when you have the close position then exchange bishops first, not knights.

Can a knight Take 2 pieces?

Knight cannot take 2 pieces at a time. But yes any piece can capture unlimited pieces in a chess game.

Can a knight move backward in chess?

Knight is a very dangerous piece in chess. Knight can enter easily in enemy’s house. Knight can also move backward in-game. The only pawn cannot move backward in the game.

What are the benefits of knights?
  •      the only knight can move in L shape
  • Easy to enter in enemy area and attack
Which is the best game with a knight

There are many excellent games that dominated with knights. In many games, the knight is sacrificed to win the game. But here is my favorite miniature game that is played worldwide

 

 

 

 

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Top 9 chess players from India

Indian chess is growing day by day in the last decade. In 1988 Vishwanathan Anand become India’s first chess grandmaster. Before Vishy, chess was considered a gamble in most areas in India. In the last 10 years, India produced many chess grandmasters and new talents are coming every year. This all happened due to changes in All India Chess Federation policies, Increased prize fund, increased sponsors, That’s why top chess players from India are growing day by day.

In this article, we are going to see top chess players from India. Some players are currently active, some are currently inactive and some players already died. We will see them one by one

1- Vishwanathan Anand

No doubt Vishwanathan Anand is in the first position. Vishwanathan Anand is the player who changed chess life and people’s attitude towards chess. He is born in Chennai and in 1988 he became India’s first grandmaster. Vishwanathan Anand’s peak rating is 2817. He awarded with Padma Bhushan and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. In 2015 Anand was honored with the top country award at the Spanish embassy. Despite all his achievements, he hasn’t got Bharat Ratna, the highest civil award in India. For the last 30+ years, Vishwanathan Anand is no 1 player in India. Vishy has also written the book Mindmaster and My best games of chess in 1998. Both are best-sold books.

Major achievements

  • 5 times world champion
  • He was the first recipient to win the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
  • One mini planet also named Vishy Anand in honor of Vishwanathan Anand
2- Nihal Sarin

Nihal is a chess grandmaster and one of the favorites who can win a world championship in the future. Nihal Sarin becomes a grandmaster in 2018 and in just 1 year he crossed the 2600 mark. He is currently India’s most favorite chess player after former world champion Vishy Anand.

Nihal also got sponsorship from milk production company Akshaya Kalpa. It is predicted that the amount is somewhere between 75 lakhs to 1 crore. Nihal Sarin is known as a very stable, humble, and consistent player. Nihal currently works with Grandmaster Srinath Narayan.

3- Vidit Gujrathi

Vidit Gujrathi is Grandmaster and 3rd highest chess player in India. He is the youngest Indian to cross the 2700 Fide rating. Vidit also played with Magnus Carlsen in the 2018 Isle of man championship and managed to draw with the world champion. In a lockdown, Vidit started his own youtube channel. He regularly streams there. You can watch his stand-up comedy below.

4- Harikrishna Pentala

Harikrishna Pentala is currently Indian no. 2 grandmaster. Harikrishna born in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh but currently staying in Prague, Czech Republic. He becomes a grandmaster in 2001. Harikrishna played only one tournament in 2020 which is Biel masters. He won that tournament with ease with a score of 5.5/7. He married Serbian Nadezda Stojanovic in 2018.

5- Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu

Praggananandhaa is an Indian Grandmaster who born in 2005. He becomes famous when he achieved the International Master title when it was only 10 years old. Praggnanandhaa won many tournaments at the international level. He trained with a very famous trainer RB Ramesh.

6- Adhiban B

Bhaskaran Adhiban is the 5th grandmaster from India to cross the 2700 rating. Adhiban also won many events in his career. Due to coronavirus he started his youtube channel and gained many subscribers. Adhiban won national premier champion also and in 2018 he won the Capablanca memorial. Adhiban’s sense of humor is very nice. In the below video, you will get to know more about adhiban house.

7- Sagar shah

Sagar Shah is a well-known streamer and founder of Chessbase India. He founded ChessBase India 5 years before to encourage chess in India. He also introduced quality chess books at a very cheap price.
Sagar Shah is married to Amruta Mokal. He is a very hardworking man. He covered almost every event of chess in 2020 and helped people to improve their chess strength.

8- Mir sultan khan

Mir sultan khan was born in Punjab in 1903 (Currently in Pakistan). He was the strongest chess player at that time in Asia. He played with many top players such as Mikhail Tal, Akiba Rubinstein, etc. But unfortunately at the time chess culture was not developed in India, He didn’t get any publicity. You can read more about him in this article.

9- R.B.Ramesh

RB Ramesh is the Grandmaster and Senior trainer of India. He is not the strongest player in India but defiantly he is a world-famous chess coach. He trained students who became grandmasters in the future. His students include GM Arvindh Chidambaram, GM Karthikeyan Murali, GM Pragananandhaa R, etc. He is also the coach of the Indian team in the FIDE Olympiad. Currently, he is focusing on his two academies i.e. pro chess training and chess gurukul.

Above are 9 top chess players from India. If you think we have missed anyone then comment below!

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6 Gift ideas for chess players

When it comes to chess players it is always a question of what to gift. Here is a list of some amazing gifts that you can give to chess players, chess coaches, chess students. You can gift these gifts on your birthday, Christmas or even on international chess day!

1- Chess.com membership 

Chess.com membership is an amazing gift to give to anyone who is deeply interested in chess. Chess.com offers various benefits especially for those who are below the 1800 rating. If you are Indian you can get this in just 3499 rs and if you are from another country then it will cost 99$. Chess.com is an amazing way to start your chess journey. Read these 2 article to get knowledge about diamond, premium, gold membership and which is suitable to gift.

http://chessarticle.com/chess-com-platinum-vs-diamond-membership-which-is-better/

http://chessarticle.com/chess-com-gold-vs-platinum-membership/

2- chess24 membership

Those who are serious about chess and want to improve their chess with a minimum amount should look to purchase chess24 membership. Chess24 also offers various benefits on membership. This membership will cost you less than 150$ and you can save your yearly coaching expenses! If you are not sure about gifting chess.com or chess24 membership then click to read the article.

3- Chess merchandise 

Chess merchandise is the best way to gift your loved one. It can be t-shirts, shirts, caps or anything. There is plenty of such websites that offer this product at your doorstep. Some of these websites include chess.com, chess24.com

4- Chess essentials 

Gifting chess essentials such as chess board, chess pieces is also good idea. Kids love thematic chess boards very much. You can get chess essentials at various prices from 15$ to 500$. you can purchase this from websites like worldchess, paramountdealz, chessbazaar etc.

5 – Lichess.org patreon badge

Lichess is completely free website and fastest growing chess website in 2020. They offer every service for free without taking any money. Although they run on donation model. Those who donate there account get special badge of wings. This is cheapest way to gift awsome gift. 

6- Planner, Organiser, Diary

If chess player wants to become successful then they should follow daily schedule and should practice every day. For this planners and organiser is best way to gift to chess players. chess players will definatly love it. Even this gift can be useful for them to set other goals in life also. You can buy this gift from many websites such as amazon, ebay, etsy etc.

If you have more gift ideas then let us know in comment section below!