Frequently Asked Questions

Q1.  Where do the chess games take place?

Answer:  Lichess is our battleground, so every player will need a Lichess account, and access to Lichess.org. 

Q2.  Why is it called the League of Mayhem?

Answer:  Because we scrambled to get this league together as a response to crazy times.

Q3.  How much does it cost to join?

Answer:  Nothing.  Nada.  There are no fees.  No costs.  Our currency is chess and your money is no good here :)

Q4.  What are the time controls? 

Answer:  Each player has 1 hour plus a 15 second increment.

Q5.  How do I find my opponent on Lichess?

Answer: You can search for your opponent using the search bar in Lichess by clicking on the icon that looks like a magnifying glass on the top right of your screen.  Type your opponent's handle, click on their username and their details should appear on your screen.  If you are playing the White Pieces you can then challenge your opponent remembering to choose White as your colour using the appropriate time controls (see Question 3).

Q6.  I don't want to rush to find my opponent at the last minute.  Is there a way to get ready in advance?

Answer:  We suggest that everyone spends a few moments adding all the other players to their Lichess 'followed player' list – you can do this by clicking the search icon at the upper right hand corner of the screen, typing in the player’s handle, and then clicking the “follow” button for that player – this is the thumbs up symbol.

Q7.  How do I find out who my opponent will be?  

Answer:  This will appear on the website once the captains have submitted their teams.

Q8.  How are colours allocated? 

Answer: State-of-the-art computer software will be used to randomly allocate colours for each match.  Her name is Lucy.

Q9.  How many players are there in a match?

Answer:  Each match will have 4 players per team.  We suggest that you have a sub ready in case one player, for some reason, is unable to play.

Q10.  Are there any grading restrictions?

Answer:  Yes, each team must submit a squad of 4 players with a maximum total of 650 ECF.