Lichess is an Internet chess server. Anyone can play anonymously, although players may register an account on the site to play rated games. All features are available for free, as the site is funded by donation.
History Lichess was founded by Thibault Duplessis, a French programmer. The software running Lichess and the design are open source under the AGPL license. As of February 10, 2019, lichess.org had a global rank of 1,268 at Alexa, with most of its visitors coming from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, and Canada. According to the Alexa rank, Lichess is ranked second only to Chess.com as one of the most popular online chess servers in the world.
On February 11, 2015, an official Lichess mobile app was released for Android devices. An app for mobile devices running iOS was released on March 4, 2015. Being ad-free, Lichess relies on donated money to maintain over a dozen servers with over a hundred processor cores while paying programmers.