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Lichess Assertion on the Conflict in Ukraine

Together with the overwhelming majority of the world, Lichess has been watching the battle waged by Russia and Belarus in opposition to Ukraine with shock and full dismay.

As a chess web site, commenting on geopolitical conditions is exterior of our ordinary remit. However, such is the seriousness of this battle of aggression that we really feel compelled to make our place clear. Lichess has all the time advocated vocally for freedom, openness and mutual collaboration. We are going to all the time promote and defend these values in opposition to those that promote subjugation, opacity, and hostility.   

The actions of the Russian and Belarusian governments have been so globally damaging, and so broadly felt, that even the chess neighborhood should adjust to numerous sanctions and actions each governmental and personal. That is unprecedented for all of us.

We stand in resolute solidarity with the folks of Ukraine. We’re engaged on proactive steps we will take to substantively and tangibly enhance the scenario for the battle victims. We can have an replace on this shortly.

We additionally respect the numerous courageous folks of Russia and Belarus who condemned or have protested their authorities’s actions – together with these from throughout the chess neighborhood – regardless of the danger to their very own private security.

Following FIDE’s extraordinary assembly of their council, Lichess may even not present any Russian or Belarusian flags or play their anthems in official broadcasts and media from official FIDE occasions.

Additional to this, following motion and sanctions in opposition to Russia, together with from our dwelling nation of France, Lichess has come to the next conclusions:

  • From right this moment (Wednesday ninth March 2022), customers with a public and vocal jingoistic pro-war place will now not be eligible to obtain prize cash from official Lichess occasions.
  • Lichess won’t supply any official assist for occasions held by the Chess Federations of Russia or Belarus, though it won’t ban these federations from the location.
  • Lichess could select to not characteristic, broadcast, or cowl complete occasions or components of an occasion the place a participant or an official with a public and vocal jingoistic pro-war place is collaborating.   
  • All customers are reminded that Lichess has the correct to proactively take away entry to sure companies or options of our web site from customers who, at our sole discretion, violate our Phrases of Service (ToS). This contains the glorification of terrorism, sharing extremist, bigoted, or racist views, and promotion of genocide / battle crimes. This should not have any impression on the overwhelming majority of our customers, from any nation, who observe the Group Tips inside our ToS.
  • Following worldwide sanctions on numerous banks and the SWIFT community, we can not assure with the ability to remit prize cash to anybody with a Russian or Belarusian checking account, even when it makes use of overseas intermediaries. Contact us if this happens, and we’ll do our greatest to remit any prize cash as long as the person is eligible to obtain it.
  • Lichess will not block or ban anybody with a Russian or Belarusian IP deal with. While Russia muzzles press freedoms and tries to close itself off from the remainder of the world, we imagine chess to be inclusive, and that needlessly isolating folks from the remainder of the digital world will solely foment echo chambers. In some small approach, Lichess will help forestall this from occurring. 
  • Lichess will not take away Russian or Belarusian flags from person profiles. Russia and Belarus exist as nations, and eradicating their flag doesn’t change that. There are additionally many Russians and Belarusians who disagree with the battle and are protesting it, whose bravery we respect, however by nationality nonetheless determine as Russian and Belarusian. 

Lichess is actively monitoring this growing scenario, together with commonly reviewing worldwide sanctions. It’s significantly fluid and the above conclusions could change primarily based on new info, authorities recommendation, or legal guidelines.



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