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Issue with connecting engine to lichess bot (uci communication)

My engine is responding correctly to the first inputs from the GUI (as above), but when it receives go movetime 10000 it just crashes and I don't know why. When I test my engine manually in CMD I get ...
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Lichess stats for average centipawn loss

I am not able to understand the meaning of this stats on Lichess. How can I analyze that and work on my weaker points. Does it mean I make bad Queen moves?
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Where Does Lichess Get Its Names for the Openings?

On lichess.org, when you turn the opening book on in an analysis board, you get names for the openings. For example, after 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6, lichess says the opening is called "Czech ...
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Lichess Cloud Evaluation Flaw?

In the following position that's in the Traxler Counterattack: https://lichess.org/analysis/r1b1k2N/ppp1q1pp/5n2/3Pp3/2Bn4/8/PPPP1bPP/RNBQ1K1R_w_q_-_1_9 [fen "r1b1k2N/ppp1q1pp/5n2/3Pp3/2Bn4/8/...
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Is hyperbullet or bullet more common in online gameplay?

On Lichess, the shortest form of bullet is named hyperbullet. It is essentially 30-second chess. Standard bullet is 1 to 3 minutes. It is difficult to assess popularity without invoking opinion. ...
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Is it possible to connect to the Lichess database remotely from ChessBase?

Lichess has a database of over 200 million blitz, rapid and classical games played on the website, that can be accessed via the opening explorer. That is extremely useful for those interested in ...
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How is rating score calculated on Lichess?

I've recently lost to a 1500 player. My rating is about 1200. Ironically, he got 163 points. How is it possible for a 1500 player to gain more points on a lower-rated player? The system that Lichess ...
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Why does rating differences matter more in lower rated games on lichess?

I'm rated 2150 in lichess.org and I have noticed that it is much harder for me to lose against a 2000 than a 1800 to lose against a 1650 despite having the same difference in rating points. Is there a ...
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Connectivity comparison between chess websites?

I wonder if there has been a test to compare connectivity to the major chess websites. Or whether it is easy to run such a test myself if needed. Here is what I mean to test: I am mainly playing on ...
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Multiple day online swiss tournament

I want to organize a 6 round swiss tournament for 100+ players with 3 rounds/day. I know there are websites which allow us to organize swiss tournaments ex :- chess.com,lichess.org. I want to know if ...
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Why do you see peaks on the elo distribution?

I was observing the elo distribution in Lichess and noticed peaks around rounded numbers elos ratings for medium to high rated players. This is consistent in Bullet, Blitz, Rapid games and not so much ...
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Does it makes sense to have a 1315 Blitz rating and a Rapid rating of 1729?

I am rated 1330 for Blitz on Lichess. I was trounced by a clearly better player who had a lower ranking of 1315 for Blitz. Their profile also shows a Rapid rating of 1729. Is it possible for these ...
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Why is Lichess keyboard input opposed?

Several high profile bullet chess players (Andrew Tang, Fritzi_2003) on Lichess state on their profile they will block anyone who plays with keyboard, presumably using an extension such as Lichess-...
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Atomic Chess - Pawns

I have been playing atomic chess on lichess for some time but I still can't definitively state what pawns captures will look like. I think they have a kill radius of 1 but it doesn't effect other ...
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Why is my rating not increasing on lichess.org?

I played some rated games and don't understand why my score doesn't go up. Usually, my score either goes up or goes down, depending on if I win or not. This time, it didn't even change. It is weird.
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Tools to analyse weaknesses based on Lichess history

Are there any tools that can find weaknesses in your games based on your Lichess history (eg, you often play a particularly bad line in a certain opening, or often fall for a certain trap), and then ...
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If there is two knight that can go to the same square, how does lichess know which knight I moved in the blind mode?

I just thought about something where two knight can go to the same square. Let say if a white knight is at c3 and a black knight is at b2. They both can go to a4 square. My question is that if I am ...
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Why can't I play puzzles on Lichess?

Lichess is a blind-accessible chess site that I like to play. But for some reason, it doesn't support puzzles in an accessible way. I've done everything that I need to do to make them accessible. But ...
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On Lichess, how do you promote to a rook with algebraic notation?

I am a blind chess player on Lichess. I came across a position in which I wanted to promote to a rook. I learned that you can promote by writing like this: a8=n // promote the pawn at a8 to a knight. ...
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Disallow opponent from offering draw on lichess

How can I turn off the ability of the opponent to offer a draw? It has happened a couple of times now. I thought opponent was asking for takeback, in a hugely losing position. But it was actually a ...
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Lichess summary analyzer tool

I'm trying to find an online tool that I had once used to analyze my games. It allowed me to import thousands of my games from Lichess and showed what my most common opening mistakes were. The only ...
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What is black's idea in this puzzle?

This is one of Lichess's puzzles, taken from a real game. Black is on the move. [FEN "1r1q1rk1/5pbp/3pbnp1/1p1Np1B1/1p1nP3/P1N2P2/2P1B1PP/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1"] 1... Nxe4 2. Bxd8 The ...
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Why is this position considered to give white a significant advantage?

In this position, black's king is safe, has a secure queenside pawn structure, and has taken out white's left pawns and is up 2 points of material. Despite this, lichess evaluates this position at +3....
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Chess tactics software which can read files

Lichess publishes tactics problems which can be downloaded from database.lichess.org. The file is in csv format. Which software can be used to read and play positions from this csv file?
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Copy/paste games from Chess StackExchange to lichess.org [closed]

When I encounter an interesting question on Chess StackExchange, I would like to import that game to http://lichess.org, to be able to analyze it with Stockfish. When I use the "Copy game" ...
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Building a repertoire on lichess

I have decided I wanted to understand one basic opening against 1. e4 and one against 1. d4 as black. After watching a few videos on multiple openings and systems, I decided I wanted to try and pick ...
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lichess puzzle 61124

I am a beginning chess player, and just had a look at lichess puzzle 61124. The following contains spoilers. The solution to the puzzle is supposedly Rd4, then the follow-up move from white is Nb6, ...
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Does practising Lichess coordinates help with reading chess books chess games faster?

Some strong players are able to read entire chess games from a book, as they are very familiar with the notation of the chessboard and theory. For amateur online players, this can be a difficult task ...
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Downloading Games From Lichess

I'd like to be able to automate downloading specific games that have been played on Lichess. Is there any software available that, if given useful information such as the Lichess usernames, colours, ...
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Why does Stockfish recommend this bishop exchange early on?

When reviewing my games on Lichess, I very often find the Lichess engine recommending to me to sacrifice the bishop early on after checking the enemy king. I have created a sample game where you can ...
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Lichess endgame evaluation

Why is it that Lichess, and other engines for that matter, give a non-zero evaluation score on an endgame position that should be either a draw or a win for one of the sides (given perfect play)? For ...
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How to look up my games based on specific opening in lichess?

This question is not related to chess as such and is more related to the chess website lichess. I tried asking in their forum but haven't yet got an answer. I would like to look at my games based on a ...
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Comparison of tactics trainers

I've noticed that the nature of the tactics differ from one website to another. For instance, on lichess.org/training (the website which I train tactics the most on), I have noticed that tactics ...
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Can I host lichess server to my local machine to use the study offline?

Lichess is a free, Ad-free and Open-Source chess server. To me, it has the best STUDY option over the internet. I am thinking whether it's possible or not to host a localhost setup using the source ...
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lichess vs chesscom players [closed]

I have been playing on chess.com and lichess for more than 2 years. My rating in blitz on lichess is around 2100, and on chesscom is around 1800. Yet I highly believe that the players on chesscom are ...
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When Lichess analyzes a game, how deep does it analysis?

In reference to the request computer analysis feature, how how deep is Stockfish analyzing, such as looking 12 moves ahead?
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How are ratings determined for training puzzles on lichess.org? [duplicate]

On lichess.org, how are the ratings for the tactical puzzles computed? I am trying to understand how some puzzles I find challenging are as low as the 1400s, while others that seem obvious are at ...
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How did I overperform in this rapid tournament?

My bullet rating is currently 1400 and it's pretty much the only time format I play as it is quick. I figured that I wanted to think my moves more thoroughly so I played some rapid games in a Lichess ...
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Lichess' Stockfish's tuning

I remark that whatever the level of the Lichess' Stockfish I choose it plays in average at the same speed. How could I tune my Stockfish (the one I use in Fritz or Arena) to achieve the same with the ...
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1700 rated games-On mistakes and how to correct them

What are some typical mistakes in 1700 rated games on Lichess, and what ways are there to correct them? I usually play blitz and bullet games. Occasionally I play. OVB and longer formats.
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Advice for breaking Lichess's 2000 rating mark

Although I have known the rules of chess since I was little, I only actually started playing it in May or June 2019, so about 6 or 7 months ago. When I started I had a Lichess classical rating of ...
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Stockfish 10 working on only 1 core at a time

I am a lichess user who would like to be able to use my 8C/16T processor to the best of my ability, and yet when I start up a chess engine only one of my cores is working on stockfish the rest are ...
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Where can I see all my friends on lichess?

I'm not sure if it's called friends or just users I am following. When I press on my profile there's a section which allows me to see the users that are following me but I'm looking for the one's I'm ...
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Is there a way on lichess to see the Correspondence chess rankings?

Lichess has leaderboards for every variant of chess and also every single time control of the standard variant except for Correspondence chess. Does anybody know where to see the leaderboard for ...
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Why is this the solution to this puzzle?

[FEN "2r3k1/5pp1/1q1bpn1p/pB1pN3/P2P4/5R2/1P3PPP/3Q2K1 w - - 0 1"] 1. Rxf6 Qc7 2. Rf3 This is a puzzle (and its solution) I found on lichess. But I simply do not see the expected logic of this ...
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How to write an interface to lichess for a millenium board using chesslink?

I am aware of the python chess and chesslink mchess work but would like to attempt to interface it with lichess.org. My purpose would be to play others on lichess using my Millenium board. The API'...
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File format/interface for home-brew engines (and implementation in lichess)

I'm a hobbyist chess programmer. I've built a few engines from scratch, had lots of fun, and am generally pretty proud of what I've made (I estimate ~1400-1500 though it's hard to tell). I was very ...
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How could one cheat on Lichess?

I was playing a game on Lichess the other day and all of a sudden the system ended the game, awarded me the victory, and said "Cheating by White detected". How in the world could you cheat ...
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What is White's motivation to give up the Queen?

I received the following tactics puzzle on lichess.org. Even though, I ended up solving it correctly, I am still not clear about the move 2. Ng5, because this loses the Queen. What prevents 2. Qe2, ...
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Average centipawn loss

I had no inacurracies, blunders or mistakes then also my centipawn loss was 48, or 50. What is the problem here or I have misunderstood average centipawn loss. You can have a look at that game at ...
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