Built for the love of chess, this app is open source and free for all.

- 150 000 individual users daily and growing fast.
- Play bullet, blitz, classical, and correspondence chess
- Play in arena tournaments
- Find, follow, challenge players
- See your games stats
- Practice with chess puzzles
- Many variants, available online and offline: Crazyhouse, Chess 960, King Of The Hill, Three-check, Antichess, Atomic chess, Horde, Racing Kings!
- Game analysis with local computer evaluation
- Server computer analysis with move annotations and game summary
- Opening explorer
- Play against offline computer
- Over The Board mode to play offline with a friend
- Standalone chess clock with multiple time settings
- Board editor
- Available in 80 languages
- Designed for both phones and tablets, supporting landscape mode
- 100% free, without ads, and opensource!

Chess variants are supported! Try them all:

- Crazyhouse: every time a piece is captured the capturing player gets a piece of the same type and of their color in their pocket.
- Chess960: pieces on the home rank are randomised.
- King Of The Hill: bring your king to the center to win.
- Threecheck: check the opponent king three times.
- Antichess: lose all your pieces to win.
- Atomic Chess: nuke the opponent.
- Horde: destroy the horde to win.
- Racing Kings: Race your king to the eighth rank to win.

Just like, this application is open source, and respects user freedom. It is entirely free and without ads, now and forever.

Learn more about lichess philosophy:
Source code of the mobile application:
Source code of the website and server:
Donations help keep the servers alive:

Big thanks to the volunteers behind this app:
- Vincent Velociter (lead dev)
- Renaud Bressand (design)
- Thibault Duplessis (dev)
- Sebastien Renault (dev of stockfish plugin)
- Mark Henle (dev)

Check out the app page on, and follow us on twitter for updates:

What’s New

Version 6.3.0

We continuously update the application with new features, improvements and bug fixes.

Release versions and more informations are available at:

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
390 Ratings

390 Ratings

$_ethan_$ ,

Fantastic app, with a few kinks

Overall, Lichess is a fantastic app to play and improve your chess skills. However, there are some thing ms that aren’t ideal about it. For example, the chat feature is very buggy, and I have to send my message multiple times for it to go through. Also, for some reason, when playing a correspondence game, it displays the score that I had when I started the game, even if I played another game in the middle, and my score changed. The analytics page isn’t very friendly, and there is no way to just look at my profile and see my rank.
But these are minor annoyances, since they don’t hinder gameplay, which is fantastic.

hegel1755 ,


I have been using this app for years, overall good application, lot of players from every corner of the planet, lot of tournaments for all strength levels, however the main shortfall of the application is timing.
Players over 2400 strength gain time after each move, it looks like the apps is programmed to favor these players. On the other hand In tournament levels weak players gain tremendous time during the game and you see players at 2200 or more strength loosing on time against a player at 1600 strength. This is so ridiculous when you a player at master level loose on time continuously against a weak player. When you play to a player more or less at your strength the time is about right. Developers need to fix this issue, on short games time is essential. I do have extremely high speed internet connection with no lag at all, so saying this has to do with internet connection has no ground to be based upon. Other than this playing long time games like 10 minutes or more you shouldn't have any issue.

Thisguys1 ,

Great as a chess app, but bad for lichess standards

I’ve played lichess on desktop for years and as far as other chess mobile apps go, this one is not bad. However for what lichess can offer, there are some issues with functionality, namely the puzzles.

I can’t get them to sync. If I play through 10 tactics on desktop, and try to play some on my phone the next day, the tactics are the same ones I’ve seen on desktop, and solving them has no effect on my rating. As someone who mainly plays on desktop, this basically means I can’t play tactics on mobile.

The other gripe I have is the notification icon doesn’t sync well either. If I get a notification and then use the app, the number stays there. For correspondence games I’ve played 6-7 moves and the notification number just keeps going up and up, even though I have no games that are pending my action.


thibault duplessis
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Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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