1. Check your settings. You need to make sure that you can receive challenges and messages.

Go to https://lichess.org/account/preferences/privacy (or click on your username in the top right of the homepage, click on settings, and then select privacy on the left). Then select the options to enable players to challenge and message you:

2. Before the game look up your opponent on the round pairings page. You then need to contact them to confirm you're happy to play at Monday at 6:30pm or suggest a more convenient alternative. This is best done early on Sunday (especially if you would prefer to play on Sunday!).

Please note that the playing time is Monday at 6:30 up to the millisecond when both you and your opponent have agreed a specific alternative time. If they don't reply its 6:30 on Monday. If you both agree via the chat that you won't play at Monday at 6:30pm, but will arrange a new time at a later point, and then fail to agree a new time, you both get 0 points. This means that if you're happy with Monday at 6:30pm then you don't have to contact your opponent, but personally I think its nice to.

N.B. There is an important exception. Our safeguarding processes mean that junior players will have no communication with other players. Players paired against juniors will have a note on the pairings and will need to check their e-mails.

2(a) Look up your opponent on the website

2(b) Click on the magnifying glass at the top of the homepage and type your opponent's username in.

2(c) Click on their name. 

2(d) This will take you to their page. Click on the speech bubble icon.

2(e) Leave a message.

Example messages:


Email us: MCFOnlineComp@gmail.com

Title: Round 1 - {Give your username} 

(E.g. "Round 1 - verybadchess)

You don't need to tell us anything, just copy and paste the URL /website address. It will look like this (one of my recent blitz games): https://lichess.org/jmacRpmtRAGr

We can then take the results directly from the game. Please can both players send us the results. 

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