Lichess4545 League FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does the league work?
  2. What are the league rules (how to schedule games, and what is the game play policy)
  3. Who are the league moderators? Who do I contact when I have a problem?
  4. How can I become eligible to participate?
  5. How do I get on a team or How do I create my own team?
  6. Why am I an alternate?
  7. Who is @chesster. What are some useful @chesster commands?
  8. I want to learn more about the other leagues and opportunities to play chess at Lichess4545
  9. What are some community initiatives at Lichess4545 and how can I contribute and / or take part?
  10. Useful Links

1. How does the League work?

Teams consisting of players across the rating spectrum compete against other teams each week in an 8 round Swiss style tournament. Players are sorted into boards based on their rating and play against similarly rated opponents. The games are scheduled each round by the players so that you can play your games on a day and time that suits you the most. Alternate players are arranged should some players drop out of the league for whatever reason. Depending on the number of participants the team size can be adapted. Currently, each team consists of 10 players.

Pairings will be released at the beginning of each round. Each round runs from Monday 12:00 UTC to Monday the following week at 12:00 UTC.

All league communication occurs on Slack. Please note that the Slack ToS require all users to be 16+ years old. If players younger than 16 want to participate in the league, we need a parent, guardian or other responsible adult to agree beforehand with the league mods to operate and take responsibility for their Slack account.

But most importantly of all, the league is a hell of a lot of fun! The camaraderie that you build with your team mates as the rounds progress is amazing, There really isn't anything quite like cheering on your team-mate as he plays the deciding match of the round, only to stare in horror at your screen as he plays a dubious Rook sac. It's also a great excuse to play some longer time control games and improve your chess. So don't be afraid to sign up, I can assure you it's definitely going to be worth it - @Mrlegilimens

2. What are the rules? (Scheduling games and game play policy)

Rules Summary:

♔All games must be 45+45, rated and played on
    ♛Post your agreed upon match time in #team-scheduling to confirm you scheduled time

♕After pairings are released, each player should attempt to contact their opponent as soon as possible via Slack and/or Lichess
    ♛Each player must make an initial offer to their opponent, consisting of a minimum of at least 3 distinct times on at least 2 separate days.
    ♜If you have not heard from your opponent after 24 hours, make your team captain aware
    ♝Team captains will attempt to find an alternate for the week, and will keep you advised of the status of the match by updating chesster on your availability
    ♞In some cases a draw may be declared if neither player can find an agreed upon time to play, and an alternate is not available - again involve your captain early

♖If a player does not show up at the scheduled match time, they will have a grace period of 20 minutes to appear, otherwise they will forfeit the game
    ♛If this situation occurs, follow the instructions sent by chesster. If chesster fails to make contact, contact the moderators with timestamped screenshots of your challenge
    ♜Any player who misses 2 games in the season will be permanently replaced

♗Claim Victory and Claim Draw Lichess features are not permitted, if your opponent disconects you must wait for their clock to run out

♘ Take-Back requests are not required to be accepted, take your time and ultilize the Confirm your Move feature if needed

Cheating is not tolerated. If you are concerned that someone is cheating or otherwise violates the lichess terms of service, report the player on If you are concerned that someone violates our league rules, alert your captain or contact the moderators.

Full Rules and Regulations

3. How to contact the moderators?

Moderators: You can summon a mod by typing "@chesster summon mods" in Slack. Do NOT contact them directly to tell them the problem you are facing. Summon them in #general and wait for a mod to contact you.

4. How do I become eligibile to participate?

If you are interested in joining lichess4545 fill out a registration form. There are 3 things to be eligible to participate in Lichess4545 and be placed on a team or as an alternate.

  1. Join our Slack (you'll be invited when you register - be sure to link your slack and Lichess accounts)
  2. Non-provisional classical rating
  3. Good standing with lichess/lichess4545 (No cheats and no trolls please)

5. How do I get on a team? How do I create my own team?

The teams are created by the moderators at the start of each season. You do not need to register with a team.

If you are interested in playing with your friends on the same team please indicate your preferences on your registration. It is unlikely that if you request teammates who are similarly rated that you all will end up on the same team.

The moderators try their best to accomodate friend requests but rating balance is taken seriously. Each player on a team should be rated similarly to the other players on the same board on which they play. This changes slightly each season with the changing player pool.

6. Why am I an alternate?

Players who register earlier are given priority for placement on teams when they are formed at the beginning of each season. Those who register later will start as an alternate player and listed in the alternate queue by the order they register. Alternate players will get priority for a place in a team in the subsequent season, if they register before teams are created. Players that received a red card during a season will become alternate players in the season.

7. Who is @chesster? What are some useful @chesster commands?

Chesster is a bot that helps to manage our leagues developed by @endrawes0, @lakinwecker, @ghostologist, and @cyanfish

Useful Commands (many of these commands can be sent directly to @chesster in a direct message)

help - returns all commands that chesster responds to

rating 'Player Name'  - returns the current (very recent) classical rating for the named player

mods 4545 - list current 45|45 league mods

mods lonewolf - list current lonewolf league mods

summon mods 4545 - pings all the mods - useful when you need to speak to a mod

summon mods lonewolf - "

subscription help - information on how to subscribe to league events chesster will send you a message when events happen - see below

Chesster Subscriptions

The subscription system supports the following commands:
tell me when <event> in <league> for <target-user-or-team>

Where `<event>` is one of: a-game-is-scheduled     a-game-starts     a-game-is-over

and `<target-user-or-team>` is the target user or team that you are subscribing to.

<league> is one of: 45+45 lonewolf

subscription list - to list your current subscriptions

subscription remove <id> - to remove a specific subscription

8. I want to learn more about the other leagues and opportunities to play chess at Lichess4545

You are in luck! There are several leagues currently running at Lichess4545. In addition to the team 4545 league there is also Lonewolf, Series, and blitz-battle. All these leagues have the same eligibility requirement (primarily you need to be a member of the 4545 slack group).

Lonewolf - #lonewolf-general - An 11 round individual Swiss System Tournament with a 30+30 time control. Born out of a desire to play more chess for participants in the Lichess 45+45 league it is now a standalone tournament. See the Lonewolf section of the website at

Blitz-Battle - #blitz-battle - Irregular, typically 3+2 tournament only for members of the lichess4545 community. 8 round Swiss tournament where all games need to be completed prior to the start of the next round. For more information join the #blitz-battle on slack.

Series - #series-general  - 90+30 single Round Robin, weekly games. This is for when even 45+45 starts to feel too fast.

Chess960 - #chess960 - 7 round individual Swiss System Tournament with 20+20 time control. Great if you either hate prep or want 960x times more of it!

And more, way more! Check this overview and see the leagues that are run under 4545 umbrella.

9. What are some community initiatives at Lichess4545 and how can I contribute / take part?

There are several community initiatives at Lichess4545 and all are open to further support from new members.

The Lichess4545 Ledger - A periodic newsletter highlighting news from the league, stats from the past week's games, chess education (puzzle, coaching advice etc) and allowing content creators to share content with the larger community. Youtube videos of league games are often included as well as periodic interviews. Past interviewees include GM Wesley So, NM Christopher Yoo, the one and only Thibault (founder of, chess youtubers like Tony Rotella and more!

For more info and to contribute visit #lichessledger on slack

ChessLeagueTV - ChessLeagueTV was created by our members to show off the fun we're so good at creating in this 45+45 league.  It's an easy way to help grow the league, but more importantly an entertaining way to collaborate around our member's games in real-time. Joining in the chat on Twitch get's your comments on stream, and members are also invited to voice-kibitz via Discord.

For more info visit #chessleaguetv on slack

End of Season Stats and Awards - Compliation of all the stats and awards from the past season. Stats generated by the lichess4545 mods. Community members submit awards.

End of Season Youtube Review - Since season 2, the moderators have organized a youtube review to be done on nominated games from the past season. Prominent youtubers have taken part, including IM John Bartholomew, Tony Rotella, IM Alex Astaneh Lopez, IM Christof Sielecki (ChessExplained), and IM Andras Toth.

Interested in starting something new within the community? The mods are very open to community led projects and initiatives. The other leagues, Lonewolf, Blitz-battle, and Series were all community led projects!

10. Useful Links

Current Registration Form

Join the Lichess45|45 Group

Lichess 45+45 League Player Handbook - Written by GnarlyGoat (Lichess Moderator)

Getting started with Slack - An easy site to help with GMT/UTC timezone conversions