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Chessgames Statistics

The following statistics give an insight into our database of chess games and the people who use it.

* Tell me some general statistics about the database.

# of games in database: 781,132
Years covered: 1475 to 2016 (542 years)

White wins 293,432 games (37.56%)
Black wins 216,480 games (27.71%)
271,207 games are drawn (34.72%)

Average # of moves per game: 40.45
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2194
# of games with annotation: 2,204 (0.28%)
# of games with kibitzing: 127,087 (16.27%)
# of kibitzes in total: 3,732,822

# of registered users: 223,686
# of users registered in last 30 days: 567 (0.25%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 8,748 (3.91%)

* What are the highest Elo ratings achieved in the database?

Please note that these statistics are computed from the database; it may be incomplete, or contain errors. The displayed ratings refer to the highest rating ever achieved--not the current rating. Consult the FIDE Chess Ratings Page for official information.

1. Magnus Carlsen (2882)
2. Garry Kasparov (2851)
3. Fabiano Caruana (2844)
4. Levon Aronian (2830)
5. Viswanathan Anand (2817)
6. Veselin Topalov (2816)
7. Hikaru Nakamura (2814)
8. Vladimir Kramnik (2811)
9. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2798)
10. Alexander Grischuk (2797)
11. Anish Giri (2793)
12. Teimour Radjabov (2793)
13. Wesley So (2788)
14. Sergey Karjakin (2788)
15. Alexander Morozevich (2788)
16. Vassily Ivanchuk (2787)
17. Robert James Fischer (2785)
18. Ding Liren (2782)
19. Anatoly Karpov (2780)
20. Boris Gelfand (2777)
21. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2775)
22. Peter Svidler (2769)
23. Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768)
24. Ruslan Ponomariov (2768)
25. Pavel Eljanov (2765)
26. Gata Kamsky (2763)
27. Peter Leko (2763)
28. Pentala Harikrishna (2763)
29. Vugar Gashimov (2761)
30. Michael Adams (2761)
31. Dmitry Jakovenko (2760)
32. Evgeny Tomashevsky (2758)
33. Li Chao (2757)
34. Wang Yue (2756)
35. Alexey Shirov (2755)
36. Richard Rapport (2752)
37. Wang Hao (2752)
38. David Navara (2751)
39. Sergei Movsesian (2751)
40. Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2749)

* What players have the most games in the database?

1. Viktor Korchnoi (4,418)
2. Anatoly Karpov (3,540)
3. Jan Timman (3,503)
4. Vassily Ivanchuk (3,444)
5. Svetozar Gligoric (3,145)
6. Viswanathan Anand (3,011)
7. Alexey Shirov (2,871)
8. Mikhail Tal (2,807)
9. Lajos Portisch (2,751)
10. Vladimir Kramnik (2,750)
11. Boris Gelfand (2,715)
12. Michael Adams (2,665)
13. Vlastimil Hort (2,640)
14. Vasily Smyslov (2,625)
15. Nigel Short (2,571)
16. Loek van Wely (2,555)
17. Bent Larsen (2,525)
18. Borislav Ivkov (2,495)
19. Peter Svidler (2,444)
20. Anthony Miles (2,429)
21. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov (2,398)
22. Garry Kasparov (2,360)
23. Magnus Carlsen (2,326)
24. Alexey Dreev (2,324)
25. Alexander Beliavsky (2,321)
26. Ulf Andersson (2,305)
27. Ratmir Kholmov (2,276)
28. Boris Spassky (2,253)
29. Efim Geller (2,240)
30. David Bronstein (2,176)
31. Levon Aronian (2,142)
32. Peter Leko (2,126)
33. Sergei Movsesian (2,080)
34. Oleg Romanishin (2,076)
35. Veselin Topalov (2,070)
36. Artur Yusupov (2,060)
37. Lubomir Ftacnik (2,046)
38. Paul Keres (2,040)
39. Mark Taimanov (2,039)
40. Alexander Grischuk (2,015)

* Which players most often make winning sacrifices?

1. Gioachino Greco (58.23%)
2. Emil Joseph Diemer (41.83%)
3. Serafino Dubois (36.23%)
4. Paul Morphy (35.70%)
5. Igor Nikolayev (32.06%)
6. Ignatz von Kolisch (29.38%)
7. Cecil Valentine De Vere (29.17%)
8. Marc Esserman (27.64%)
9. John Cochrane (27.12%)
10. Marco Albano (24.19%)
11. Nezhmetdinov (24.13%)
12. Rudolf Rezso Charousek (24.04%)
13. Johannes Zukertort (24.00%)
14. Adolf Anderssen (23.74%)
15. Gustav Richard Neumann (22.73%)
16. Wilhelm Steinitz (21.61%)
17. Tibor Weinberger (21.51%)
18. Von Der Lasa (21.17%)
19. K Richter (20.55%)
20. Georges Koltanowski (20.32%)
21. John A Curdo (20.24%)
22. Erik Andrew Kislik (20.14%)
23. Emory Tate (20.00%)
24. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.90%)
25. Mikhail Golubev (18.17%)
26. Carlos Torre Repetto (18.12%)
27. Howard Staunton (17.61%)
28. Joanna Majdan-Gajewska (17.58%)
29. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.55%)
30. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (17.54%)
31. Fidel Corrales Jimenez (17.39%)
32. Mikael Helin (17.01%)
33. Ray Robson (16.94%)
34. Gerard Welling (16.91%)
35. Mikhail Chigorin (16.77%)
36. Bator Sambuev (16.74%)
37. Danny Kopec (16.60%)
38. Alexander Alekhine (16.60%)
39. Eric Schiller (16.53%)
40. Neil McDonald (16.48%)
For an explanation of "winning sacrifice" please see the Sacrifice Explorer FAQ. Only players with at least 50 games in the database are considered. Players with ratings under 2000 are excluded.

* Which ECO opening chapters are played most often?

  1. A04 - Reti Opening (12,746)
  2. B06 - Robatsch (11,397)
  3. A07 - King's Indian Attack (10,463)
  4. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (10,144)
  5. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (9,486)
  6. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (8,676)
  7. A15 - English (8,594)
  8. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (7,496)
  9. B40 - Sicilian (7,466)
  10. B01 - Scandinavian (7,367)
  11. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (7,295)
  12. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (6,510)
  13. B30 - Sicilian (6,462)
  14. B32 - Sicilian (6,112)
  15. B23 - Sicilian, Closed (6,070)
  16. A00 - Uncommon Opening (6,000)
  17. C42 - Petrov Defense (5,957)
  18. E12 - Queen's Indian (5,948)
  19. D37 - Queen's Gambit Declined (5,900)
  20. E15 - Queen's Indian (5,855)

* What are the most common endings?

1. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (12,947)
2. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (11,810)
3. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙ (11,555)
4. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (7,373)
5. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙♙ (7,260)
6. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (6,031)
7. ♖♙ vs ♖ (4,711)
8. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (4,013)
9. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙ (3,961)
10. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (3,656)
11. ♖♙♙ vs ♖ (3,617)
12. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙♙ (3,443)
13. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (3,407)
14. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (3,334)
15. ♖♙ vs ♖♙ (3,079)
16. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙♙ (2,906)
17. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙ (2,766)
18. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (2,712)
19. ♕♙♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙♙ (2,506)
20. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙♙ (2,479)
21. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (2,254)
22. ♖♙♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (2,160)
23. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,136)
24. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,059)
25. ♕♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙ (1,971)
26. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (1,899)
27. ♖♗♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (1,896)
28. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (1,892)
29. ♘♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙ (1,842)
30. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (1,809)

* Which chessgames.com users have kibitzed the most?

1. Jim Bartle (49,938)
2. HeMateMe (37,801)
3. jessicafischerqueen (37,623)
4. WannaBe (35,686)
5. chancho (32,981)
6. whiteshark (32,791)
7. OhioChessFan (32,575)
8. Domdaniel (27,794)
9. acirce (27,690)
10. wordfunph (25,214)
11. percyblakeney (23,192)
12. notyetagm (23,087)
13. TheFocus (22,917)
14. cormier (22,523)
15. Marmot PFL (22,180)
16. perfidious (21,547)
17. Travis Bickle (21,481)
18. Ulhumbrus (20,647)
19. Shams (20,570)
20. Open Defence (20,531)
21. keypusher (19,671)
22. brankat (18,606)
23. Eyal (18,550)
24. achieve (17,973)
25. al wazir (17,784)
26. twinlark (17,549)
27. technical draw (17,347)
28. Abdel Irada (17,161)
29. Tabanus (17,085)
30. FSR (16,832)
31. YouRang (16,693)
32. Phony Benoni (16,391)
33. SugarDom (16,273)
34. frogbert (16,144)
35. RookFile (15,851)
36. LIFE Master AJ (14,796)
37. patzer2 (14,429)
38. harrylime (14,238)
39. diceman (14,224)
40. Colonel Mortimer (14,078)

* Which pages on chessgames.com have the most kibitzing?

  1. Kenneth Rogoff (214,282)
  2. Wesley So (189,909)
  3. Kibitzer's Café (176,128)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (78,050)
  5. Robert James Fischer (53,080)
  6. The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (44,580)
  7. Vladimir Kramnik (40,007)
  8. Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (29,054)
  9. The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (26,685)
  10. The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (26,653)
  11. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  12. Hikaru Nakamura (21,630)
  13. The World vs Akobian, 2012 (21,231)
  14. Y Shulman vs The World, 2007 (20,940)
  15. Jeremy Lim (19,644)
  16. Odd Lie (19,369)
  17. Viswanathan Anand (19,037)
  18. Garry Kasparov (18,733)
  19. The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (17,745)
  20. Veselin Topalov (17,512)
  21. S Williams vs The World, 2013 (14,964)
  22. Biographer Bistro (14,275)
  23. Eugenio Torre (12,852)
  24. M Umansky vs The World, 2009 (12,339)
  25. World Championship Candidates (2013) (12,089)
  26. FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007) (11,917)
  27. Battle of the Brains II, 2008 (11,499)
  28. Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) (11,069)
  29. Nigel Short (10,457)
  30. Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010) (10,123)

* Which are the most popular games for Guess-the-Move?

  1. P Troeger vs Tal, 1960 (given 1149 times, par: 34)
  2. Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 (given 486 times, par: 42)
  3. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 459 times, par: 16)
  4. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 402 times, par: 19)
  5. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 376 times, par: 33)
  6. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 361 times, par: 13)
  7. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 338 times, par: 32)
  8. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 333 times, par: 99)
  9. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 316 times, par: 5)
  10. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (given 312 times, par: 36)
  11. Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (given 309 times, par: 60)
  12. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 305 times, par: 41)
  13. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 289 times, par: 58)
  14. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 276 times, par: 43)
  15. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 273 times, par: 25)
  16. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (given 249 times, par: 29)
  17. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 246 times, par: 13)
  18. Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 (given 239 times, par: 126)
  19. Philidor vs NN, 1749 (given 234 times, par: 64)
  20. Morphy vs E Morphy, 1850 (given 234 times, par: 36)
For more information on Guess-the-Move, see the Guess-the-Move Help Page.

* What games are frequently found in our users' Game Collections?

  1. D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 (766)
  2. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (622)
  3. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (583)
  4. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (568)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (518)
  6. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (434)
  7. Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (414)
  8. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (374)
  9. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (339)
  10. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (337)
  11. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (326)
  12. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (325)
  13. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (324)
  14. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (317)
  15. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (314)
  16. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (312)
  17. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (311)
  18. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (307)
  19. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (306)
  20. Short vs Timman, 1991 (302)
  21. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (297)
  22. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (285)
  23. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (284)
  24. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (254)
  25. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (251)
  26. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (251)
  27. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (249)
  28. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (248)
  29. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (245)
  30. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (244)
  31. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (240)
  32. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 (233)
  33. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (232)
  34. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (229)
  35. Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (227)
  36. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (223)
  37. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (218)
  38. Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 (217)
  39. Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 (212)
  40. Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 (212)

* What PGN viewers are favored by registered users? [what is this?]

  1. pgn4web (Default) (99.09%)
  2. Chess Viewer Deluxe II (0.37%)
  3. Chess Viewer Deluxe (0.28%)
  4. None (text only) (0.11%)
  5. MyChess (0.06%)
  6. ChessTutor (0.04%)
  7. Sjkbase (0.02%)
  8. MistyBeach (0.01%)


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