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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: 862,319
Years covered: 1475 to 2018 (544 years)

White wins 325,122 games (37.70%)
Black wins 241,762 games (28.04%)
295,420 games are drawn (34.26%)

Average # of moves per game: 40.74
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2190
# of games with annotation: 2,271 (0.26%)
# of games with kibitzing: 137,033 (15.89%)
# of kibitzes in total: 4,039,878

# of registered users: 244,650
# of users registered in last 30 days: 1,861 (0.76%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 9,642 (3.94%)

* 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. Wesley So (2822)
6. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2819)
7. Vladimir Kramnik (2817)
8. Viswanathan Anand (2817)
9. Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov (2816)
10. Hikaru Nakamura (2814)
11. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2800)
12. Alexander Grischuk (2797)
13. Anish Giri (2793)
14. Teimour Radjabov (2793)
15. Sergey Karjakin (2788)
16. Alexander Morozevich (2788)
17. Vassily Ivanchuk (2787)
18. Robert James Fischer (2785)
19. Ding Liren (2783)
20. Anatoly Karpov (2780)
21. Boris Gelfand (2777)
22. Peter Svidler (2769)
23. Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768)
24. Ruslan Ponomariov (2768)
25. Ian Nepomniachtchi (2767)
26. Pentala Harikrishna (2766)
27. Pavel Eljanov (2765)
28. Gata Kamsky (2763)
29. Peter Leko (2763)
30. Vugar Gashimov (2761)
31. Michael Adams (2761)
32. Dmitry Jakovenko (2760)
33. Evgeny Tomashevsky (2758)
34. Li Chao (2757)
35. Wang Yue (2756)
36. Alexey Shirov (2755)
37. Wei Yi (2753)
38. Richard Rapport (2752)
39. Wang Hao (2752)
40. Yu Yangyi (2751)

* What players have the most games in the database?

1. Viktor Korchnoi (4,416)
2. Vassily Ivanchuk (3,678)
3. Anatoly Karpov (3,589)
4. Jan Timman (3,524)
5. Viswanathan Anand (3,280)
6. Svetozar Gligoric (3,153)
7. Alexey Shirov (3,045)
8. Vladimir Kramnik (2,916)
9. Boris Gelfand (2,849)
10. Michael Adams (2,809)
11. Mikhail Tal (2,804)
12. Magnus Carlsen (2,783)
13. Lajos Portisch (2,757)
14. Nigel Short (2,739)
15. Peter Svidler (2,662)
16. Vlastimil Hort (2,644)
17. Loek van Wely (2,641)
18. Vasily Smyslov (2,624)
19. Bent Larsen (2,529)
20. Borislav Ivkov (2,503)
21. Alexey Dreev (2,490)
22. Levon Aronian (2,460)
23. Anthony Miles (2,427)
24. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov (2,398)
25. Alexander Beliavsky (2,395)
26. Garry Kasparov (2,386)
27. Alexander Grischuk (2,377)
28. Ulf Andersson (2,327)
29. Peter Leko (2,290)
30. Sergei Movsesian (2,279)
31. Ratmir Kholmov (2,274)
32. Boris Spassky (2,254)
33. Efim Geller (2,241)
34. Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov (2,194)
35. David Bronstein (2,179)
36. Sergey Karjakin (2,123)
37. Artur Yusupov (2,112)
38. Oleg Romanishin (2,112)
39. Lubomir Ftacnik (2,100)
40. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2,046)

* Which players most often make winning sacrifices?

1. Gioachino Greco (58.23%)
2. Emil Joseph Diemer (41.83%)
3. Paul Morphy (35.56%)
4. Igor Nikolayev (30.30%)
5. Ignatz von Kolisch (29.38%)
6. Cecil Valentine De Vere (29.17%)
7. John Cochrane (27.12%)
8. Marc Esserman (24.20%)
9. Nezhmetdinov (24.20%)
10. Marco Albano (24.19%)
11. Rudolf Rezso Charousek (24.04%)
12. Johannes Zukertort (23.79%)
13. Adolf Anderssen (23.77%)
14. Olga Vasiliev (23.28%)
15. Gustav Richard Neumann (22.73%)
16. Tibor Weinberger (21.51%)
17. Wilhelm Steinitz (21.44%)
18. Von Der Lasa (21.17%)
19. K Richter (20.55%)
20. Emory Tate (20.32%)
21. John A Curdo (20.24%)
22. Georges Koltanowski (20.21%)
23. Erik Andrew Kislik (20.14%)
24. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.86%)
25. Mikhail Golubev (18.88%)
26. Adam Tukhaev (18.62%)
27. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (18.06%)
28. Bator Sambuev (17.65%)
29. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.62%)
30. Howard Staunton (17.61%)
31. Gerard Welling (16.77%)
32. Mikhail Chigorin (16.69%)
33. Eric Schiller (16.53%)
34. Ray Robson (16.52%)
35. Daniel Harrwitz (16.46%)
36. Valentina Gunina (16.41%)
37. Danny Kopec (16.40%)
38. Alexander Alekhine (16.30%)
39. Timur Gareyev (16.28%)
40. Tigran Kotanjian (16.28%)
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 (14,501)
  2. B06 - Robatsch (12,631)
  3. A07 - King's Indian Attack (12,567)
  4. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (11,059)
  5. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (10,647)
  6. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,983)
  7. A15 - English (9,526)
  8. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,315)
  9. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (8,779)
  10. B01 - Scandinavian (8,231)
  11. B40 - Sicilian (8,151)
  12. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (7,418)
  13. B30 - Sicilian (7,231)
  14. B32 - Sicilian (6,844)
  15. D37 - Queen's Gambit Declined (6,655)
  16. B07 - Pirc (6,561)
  17. B23 - Sicilian, Closed (6,551)
  18. C42 - Petrov Defense (6,547)
  19. C45 - Scotch Game (6,511)
  20. A00 - Uncommon Opening (6,428)

* What are the most common endings?

1. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (14,102)
2. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (12,803)
3. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙ (12,579)
4. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (8,074)
5. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙♙ (7,899)
6. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (6,630)
7. ♖♙ vs ♖ (5,242)
8. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (4,343)
9. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙ (4,322)
10. ♖♙♙ vs ♖ (3,984)
11. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (3,984)
12. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙♙ (3,741)
13. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (3,709)
14. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (3,612)
15. ♖♙ vs ♖♙ (3,387)
16. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙♙ (3,179)
17. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙ (3,025)
18. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (2,995)
19. ♕♙♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙♙ (2,730)
20. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙♙ (2,683)
21. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (2,442)
22. ♖♙♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (2,366)
23. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,322)
24. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,271)
25. ♕♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙ (2,152)
26. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (2,057)
27. ♖♗♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,049)
28. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (2,032)
29. ♘♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙ (2,009)
30. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (1,966)

* Which chessgames.com users have kibitzed the most?

1. HeMateMe (50,122)
2. Jim Bartle (49,966)
3. WannaBe (41,148)
4. jessicafischerqueen (39,263)
5. OhioChessFan (36,617)
6. whiteshark (34,590)
7. chancho (34,496)
8. Domdaniel (30,195)
9. cormier (28,386)
10. acirce (27,700)
11. Travis Bickle (26,750)
12. TheFocus (26,414)
13. wordfunph (26,048)
14. perfidious (25,906)
15. Marmot PFL (24,095)
16. notyetagm (23,362)
17. percyblakeney (23,192)
18. Abdel Irada (22,028)
19. keypusher (21,932)
20. harrylime (21,814)
21. Ulhumbrus (21,558)
22. al wazir (21,287)
23. Shams (21,015)
24. Open Defence (20,770)
25. saffuna (20,286)
26. diceman (19,187)
27. Eyal (18,870)
28. brankat (18,781)
29. technical draw (18,598)
30. Tabanus (18,159)
31. twinlark (18,151)
32. Colonel Mortimer (18,095)
33. achieve (17,973)
34. FSR (17,822)
35. YouRang (17,636)
36. Big Pawn (17,526)
37. SugarDom (17,188)
38. zanzibar (17,152)
39. Phony Benoni (17,119)
40. RookFile (16,647)

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

  1. Kenneth S Rogoff (298,449)
  2. Kibitzer's Café (215,280)
  3. Wesley So (203,262)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (79,323)
  5. Robert James Fischer (54,256)
  6. The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (44,596)
  7. Vladimir Kramnik (39,989)
  8. Jeremy Lim (31,572)
  9. Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (29,030)
  10. The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (26,716)
  11. The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (26,654)
  12. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  13. Hikaru Nakamura (21,429)
  14. The World vs Akobian, 2012 (21,233)
  15. Y Shulman vs The World, 2007 (20,940)
  16. Odd Lie (19,199)
  17. Viswanathan Anand (18,999)
  18. Garry Kasparov (18,646)
  19. The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (17,689)
  20. Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov (17,487)
  21. Biographer Bistro (16,858)
  22. S Williams vs The World, 2013 (14,965)
  23. Eugenio Torre (14,319)
  24. M Umansky vs The World, 2009 (12,340)
  25. World Championship Candidates (2013) (12,087)
  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 (10,395)
  30. Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010) (10,101)
  31. Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) (9,771)
  32. Raymond Keene (9,719)
  33. Corus (2007) (9,159)
  34. FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) (8,409)
  35. Akobian vs The World, 2011 (8,266)
  36. Corus (2008) (7,653)
  37. Linares - Morelia (2007) (7,174)
  38. Louis Stumpers (6,908)
  39. Paul Morphy (6,811)
  40. Team White vs Team Black, 2015 (6,782)

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

  1. P Troeger vs Tal, 1960 (given 1153 times, par: 34)
  2. Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 (given 491 times, par: 42)
  3. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 491 times, par: 16)
  4. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 431 times, par: 32)
  5. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 429 times, par: 19)
  6. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 409 times, par: 13)
  7. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 393 times, par: 33)
  8. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 357 times, par: 98)
  9. Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 (given 334 times, par: 11)
  10. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (given 325 times, par: 35)
  11. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 318 times, par: 41)
  12. Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (given 317 times, par: 60)
  13. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 316 times, par: 5)
  14. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 306 times, par: 57)
  15. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 293 times, par: 42)
  16. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 285 times, par: 25)
  17. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 262 times, par: 22)
  18. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (given 260 times, par: 29)
  19. Morphy vs E Morphy, 1850 (given 258 times, par: 36)
  20. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 258 times, par: 13)
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 (847)
  2. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (683)
  3. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (673)
  4. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (648)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (580)
  6. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (504)
  7. Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (483)
  8. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (437)
  9. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (419)
  10. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (406)
  11. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (384)
  12. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (381)
  13. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (375)
  14. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (369)
  15. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (368)
  16. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (365)
  17. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (362)
  18. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (360)
  19. Short vs Timman, 1991 (357)
  20. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (352)
  21. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (345)
  22. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (337)
  23. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (331)
  24. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (311)
  25. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (309)
  26. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (302)
  27. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (299)
  28. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (297)
  29. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (296)
  30. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (293)
  31. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (289)
  32. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 (272)
  33. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (271)
  34. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (266)
  35. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (266)
  36. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (265)
  37. Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (264)
  38. E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 (255)
  39. Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 (253)
  40. O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 (251)
Also see our Notable Games for games broke down by year, decade, and century.


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