Tips & tricks
Here are some tips and tricks which we ourselves always keep in mind:
First, set up the pieces
Before starting a new match: Always place your pieces in their initial position first! This makes the game a lot more relaxed.
Accept a rematch
If you offer a rematch or receive a rematch request: You only have a few seconds to accept it. Usually, you will not manage to reconfigure your pieces in this time, because your opponent does not know that you are availing yourself the comfort of a real chessboard. Hence: Make your first move directly on the display in the app! This way, you will have time to reconfigure your pieces.
With King Performance, you can rotate the board in the menu of the chess computer, so you do not need to physically rotate the device.
Special aspects when playing with the Performance
If you play with the Performance, always remember to switch the Performance to ChessLink mode before connecting to the app. The display of the performance will show you the small rotating square.
When playing with the King Performance, please press the NEW key on the device before each new match. This will reset the device to its initial position.
When you perform a pawn promotion, do not forget to select and confirm the piece type in the display of the chess computer.
Use the “Rotate board” function in the Performance menu, e.g. if you play with black – that way, you don’t need to physically rotate the board.
If you have made a mistake entering a move, e.g. if you have made the wrong move on your opponent’s side, use the button “Undo move” on the King Performance to re-synchronize the position between the chess computer and the app.
Please proceed according the app’s move list when undoing a move, and enter the moves in the correct order “backwards” on the King Performance. In this case, we recommend always undoing the last 2 half moves, executing them in the correct order, and then continuing from there.
Set the response delay to the smallest possible value!
Typical match times
When configuring your individual game, ensure that you use typical match times so that you are able to find an opponent.
Keep Lichess open in parallel
When using the ChessLink app, you can also keep Lichess open on another device. This allows you to e.g. use Lichess functions that are not yet possible with the ChessLink app:
- You can analyze matches played immediately afterward
- You can use the sound support in the Lichess app
- Should the app crash, you always have the option to properly exit the game in the original app or in the web browser.
- You can challenge your friends directly
But: If you are playing via web in addition to the app, please make sure that these games have to be finished before you start the app.
E.g. game variants like Bullet; certain Blitz time settings as well as Correspondence or Chess960 games are not supported by the Lichess Board API.