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lichess.org and the corresponding open source project[1] are really quite something. If you're at all interested in chess or code, I recommend following it -- their great execution will inspire you.

[1] https://github.com/ornicar/lila

This may sound naive, but what are the incentives and/or how are the developers of Lichess making a profit. The site is one of the best executed webapps I've ever used. What motivates the creators?

Thibault simply wants to deliver the best online chess experience. Period.

It's purely donation driven and he pulls a small salary from whatever's leftover after buying enough servers to keep the site up.

I'm supprised that they get $47 mn in donations. Rarely see the patron icon when I play.

$47k, not million. Amounts in that spreadsheet aren't in thousands.

Apologies, thanks for clarifying


Has the site been around for long? I've never heard of it but it looks like a large-ish community.

It was launched in 2016, with a much simpler interface (no accounts iirc), which evolved a lot to come to this day.

Its source code is also really interesting, it makes me want to learn Scala.

> It was launched in 2016

It's been around at least as far back as 2010. Here is a 6 year old HN submission about it: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1927188

Yeah, I borrowed some css for a chess board from it for a (never published) project I was working around 2010 or perhaps slightly earlier!

I should reread my posts before sending, this was a mixup between "6 years old" and the launch year. Thanks for the correction.

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