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Virtual Chess Tournaments

Play chess online for free with other Chess Scholars students across the country!

Video tutorial on signing up for Lichess:

Step 1: Create a free account on*


Step 2: Join our free virtual tournment on Friday, 7/12/24

Chess Game


How are scores calculated?

A win has a base score of 2 points, a draw 1 point, and a loss is worth no points.
For example, two wins followed by a draw will be worth 5 points: 2 + 2 + 1

How does the pairing work?

At the beginning of the tournament, players are paired based on their rating. If you've never played on Lichess, you will be paired with either someone else who doesn't have a rating, or someone with a low rating. Your rating will be updated as you play! As soon as you finish a game, return to the tournament lobby: you will then be paired with a player close to your ranking. This ensures minimum wait time, however you may not face all other players in the tournament.

Can I take a break?

How long are the games?

G10. This means that each side has 10 minutes to complete all moves. A player's clock will run during their turn, and stop after a move is played. After a move is played, the other player's clock begins to count down. The game is scored a loss for the player that runs out of time.

How is the winner decided?

The player(s) with the most points at the conclusion of the tournament's set time limit will be announced winner(s).

How does the tournament end?

The tournament has a countdown clock. When it reaches zero, the tournament rankings are frozen, and the winner is announced. Games in progress must be finished, however they don't count for the tournament.

You can hit the pause button between games. While paused you will not be paired with other players. When you are ready to play again, simply hit play to be paired with the next available opponent.

Other important rules:

There is a countdown for your first move. Failing to make a move within this time will forfeit the game to your opponent.

Drawing the game within the first 10 moves will earn neither player any points.

Draw streaks: When a player has consecutive draws in an arena, only the first draw will result in a point, or draws lasting more than 30 moves. The draw streak can only be broken by a win, not a loss or a draw.


Questions or concerns?
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*Disclaimer: Chess Scholars and Afterschool Enrichment Solutions is unaffiliated with Lichess and bears no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of the site. We recommend supervision of your student during account creation to ensure that Child Mode is activated for their account.

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