Internet Club Night and Open Events

While the coronavirus is disrupting local face-to-face chess, Ringwood Chess Club is offering members and other local players the chance to play internet chess together on the free internet chess server.

As of 1st June 2020 all our events will be open to players from local clubs.

There are some themed events (chess variants and specified openings).   These will be notified in the schedule below, on the Ringwood home page, and for Open events the Dorset home page, so check back regularly if you want to know what is going on.    Please join us and have fun!


    WhenWhoRateFormat lichess rated
    Mon 7:30 - 8:30pmOpenSlow Blitz 5 min + 3 sec1st June May: Atomic ChessYes
    Mon 8:45 - 9:45pmOpenBlitz 3 min + 3 Normal chessYes
    Wed 7:30 - 8:30pmOpenSlow Blitz 5 min + 3 sec3rd June: Evans GambitNo
    Wed 8:45 - 9:45pmOpenBlitz 3 min + 3 Normal chessYes
    Fri 2:00-3:30 pmOpenSlow Blitz 5 min + 3 secNormal chessYes
    Sat 2:00-3:30 pmOpenSlow Blitz 5 min + 3 secNormal chessYes

These will be Arena events, which is a bit like a tournament except without normal rounds. As soon as you have finished a game you will be eligible for pairing in your next game.  More information on Arena events, including how they are scored, is given at the bottom of the page.   You can play in an Arena event even if you arrive a little late.

How to play in our lichess events

This is a four step process.   The first three steps must be completed only once and are best done at least a day or two before your first online event.   Step 4 is entering a specific event, so must be done for each event you wish to play in.   More detailed instructions with screen shots are here

Step 1: Set up your free lichess account.   If you don't already have a lichess account set one up here.

Step 2: Put your real name on your account profile.   You don't have to do this, but it is really helpful if you add your real name to your account, so people can see who is who.

Step 3: Join the Ringwood Chess Tournaments "Team" on lichess.   lichess calls them teams but for our purposes they are just groups that allow us to play together.

Go to and request to join the Ringwood Chess Tournaments "team", filling in your real name and club. This group is administered by Martin Clancy (username Wingwood) and he will add you to the group. Please allow Martin a day or so to do this. Ringwood Chess Club reserves the right to refuse or rescind entry without explanation.

Step 4: Join an Event.  You will need to do this for each event you want to enter.   As soon as Andy or Martin has set an event up you can join it, or you can join it a minute before it starts, or even after it has started!  You can always see available events by going to and clicking on the appropriate teams.

Information on Arena Events

How are scores calculated?

A win has a base score of 2 points, a draw 1 point, and a loss is worth no points.
If you win two games consecutively you will start a double point streak, represented by a flame icon.
The following games will continue to be worth double points until you fail to win a game.
That is, a win will be worth 4 points, a draw 2 points, and a loss will still not award any points.

For example, two wins followed by a draw will be worth 6 points: 2 + 2 + (2 x 1)

Arena Berserk

When a player clicks the Berserk button at the beginning of the game, they lose half of their clock time, but the win is worth one extra tournament point.

Going Berserk in time controls with an increment also cancels the increment. (1+2 is an exception, it gives 1+0)

Berserk is not available for games with zero initial time (0+1, 0+2).

Berserk only grants an extra point if you play at least 7 moves in the game.

How is the winner decided?

The player(s) with the most points at the conclusion of the tournament's set time limit will be announced winner(s).

When two or more players have the same number of points, the tournament performance is the tie break.

How does the pairing work?

At the beginning of the tournament, players are paired based on their rating.
As soon as you finish a game, return to the tournament lobby: you will then be paired with a player close to your ranking. This ensures minimum wait time, however you may not face all other players in the tournament.
Play fast and return to the lobby to play more games and win more points.

How does it end?

The tournament has a countdown clock. When it reaches zero, the tournament rankings are frozen, and the winner is announced. Games in progress must be finished, however they don't count for the tournament.

Other important rules.

There is a countdown for your first move. Failing to make a move within this time will forfeit the game to your opponent.

Drawing the game within the first 10 moves will earn neither player any points.