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 5.3.1

- Fix standalone clock orientation
- Unregister from push notifications when logging out of the app
- Add shield tournament info

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5

62 Ratings

62 Ratings

I love it!

perrytheply ;D

This app is amazing and wayyy better than Zyngas "Chess With Friends," and their newer version as well! The only thing I seem to have a problem is with the messaging or "mail" as you call it. If you can improve that to be more reliable as a messaging source (not saying turn it into a messaging app) but sometimes there's bugs such as backing out onto the messaging page over and over. Everything else seems amazing!

Back to inoperability


This app is very nice when it works: easy to use and a good bet for finding a suitable opponent. In a prior review, I criticized the app because when I tried to open it, it was usually offline. So I had to uninstall and reinstall it, and maybe one time out of four I was actually able to play games online. Then it started working most of the time, and I posted an improved review to reflect that. Now I can’t get online at all. So from my standpoint, it’s an unusable app. I hope that you have better luck with it, but if not, I recommend the PC version, which works just fine.

Great platform that does not conform to Apple’s requirement.


This only pertains to the app running on iPhone X.

Although the developers have stated this app is updated to support iPhone X’s layout, it is simply not. Apple has reminded developers that they are not to black out the area around the top sensor housing. This seems to have been ignored. Playing for extended hours, I can see how this would lead to non-uniform burn-in in the iPhone X’s OLED screen.

It is a fairly easy design change to implement and I cannot think of a reason not to do so.

Apart from this, the platform is extremely stable. Gameplay is fluid and smooth, and there are no connection issues.


thibault duplessis
13.8 MB
Requires iOS 10.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

You May Also Like