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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: 817,374
Years covered: 1475 to 2017 (543 years)

White wins 307,898 games (37.67%)
Black wins 228,113 games (27.91%)
281,350 games are drawn (34.42%)

Average # of moves per game: 40.57
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2193
# of games with annotation: 2,229 (0.27%)
# of games with kibitzing: 130,849 (16.01%)
# of kibitzes in total: 3,857,743

# of registered users: 228,549
# of users registered in last 30 days: 866 (0.38%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 10,021 (4.38%)

* 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. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2819)
6. Vladimir Kramnik (2817)
7. Viswanathan Anand (2817)
8. Veselin Topalov (2816)
9. Hikaru Nakamura (2814)
10. Wesley So (2808)
11. Alexander Grischuk (2797)
12. Anish Giri (2793)
13. Teimour Radjabov (2793)
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. 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. Richard Rapport (2752)
38. Wang Hao (2752)
39. David Navara (2751)
40. Sergei Movsesian (2751)

* What players have the most games in the database?

1. Viktor Korchnoi (4,415)
2. Anatoly Karpov (3,560)
3. Jan Timman (3,513)
4. Vassily Ivanchuk (3,508)
5. Svetozar Gligoric (3,147)
6. Viswanathan Anand (3,115)
7. Alexey Shirov (2,967)
8. Vladimir Kramnik (2,813)
9. Mikhail Tal (2,805)
10. Boris Gelfand (2,774)
11. Lajos Portisch (2,751)
12. Michael Adams (2,728)
13. Vlastimil Hort (2,639)
14. Nigel Short (2,636)
15. Vasily Smyslov (2,624)
16. Loek van Wely (2,610)
17. Bent Larsen (2,525)
18. Peter Svidler (2,512)
19. Borislav Ivkov (2,492)
20. Magnus Carlsen (2,457)
21. Anthony Miles (2,429)
22. Alexey Dreev (2,406)
23. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov (2,398)
24. Garry Kasparov (2,360)
25. Alexander Beliavsky (2,358)
26. Ulf Andersson (2,318)
27. Ratmir Kholmov (2,275)
28. Boris Spassky (2,255)
29. Efim Geller (2,238)
30. Levon Aronian (2,235)
31. Peter Leko (2,215)
32. Sergei Movsesian (2,181)
33. David Bronstein (2,175)
34. Veselin Topalov (2,127)
35. Alexander Grischuk (2,106)
36. Oleg Romanishin (2,095)
37. Artur Yusupov (2,079)
38. Lubomir Ftacnik (2,073)
39. Paul Keres (2,041)
40. Mark Taimanov (2,039)

* 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 (35.56%)
5. Igor Nikolayev (30.79%)
6. Ignatz von Kolisch (29.38%)
7. Cecil Valentine De Vere (29.17%)
8. John Cochrane (27.12%)
9. Marc Esserman (26.06%)
10. Marco Albano (24.19%)
11. Nezhmetdinov (24.13%)
12. Rudolf Rezso Charousek (24.04%)
13. Johannes Zukertort (23.90%)
14. Adolf Anderssen (23.74%)
15. Gustav Richard Neumann (22.73%)
16. Wilhelm Steinitz (21.55%)
17. Tibor Weinberger (21.51%)
18. Von Der Lasa (21.17%)
19. K Richter (20.55%)
20. John A Curdo (20.24%)
21. Georges Koltanowski (20.16%)
22. Erik Andrew Kislik (20.14%)
23. Emory Tate (20.00%)
24. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.74%)
25. Mikhail Golubev (18.81%)
26. Bator Sambuev (18.15%)
27. Carlos Torre Repetto (18.12%)
28. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (17.85%)
29. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.63%)
30. Howard Staunton (17.61%)
31. Joanna Majdan-Gajewska (17.58%)
32. Ray Robson (17.22%)
33. Mikael Helin (17.01%)
34. Gerard Welling (16.79%)
35. Valentina Gunina (16.78%)
36. Mikhail Chigorin (16.75%)
37. Danny Kopec (16.60%)
38. Eric Schiller (16.53%)
39. Alexander Alekhine (16.49%)
40. Daniel Harrwitz (16.46%)
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 (13,469)
  2. B06 - Robatsch (11,898)
  3. A07 - King's Indian Attack (11,422)
  4. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (10,618)
  5. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (10,010)
  6. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,249)
  7. A15 - English (8,964)
  8. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (8,279)
  9. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (7,938)
  10. B01 - Scandinavian (7,820)
  11. B40 - Sicilian (7,797)
  12. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (6,918)
  13. B30 - Sicilian (6,821)
  14. B32 - Sicilian (6,477)
  15. B23 - Sicilian, Closed (6,325)
  16. D37 - Queen's Gambit Declined (6,226)
  17. C42 - Petrov Defense (6,196)
  18. A00 - Uncommon Opening (6,194)
  19. B07 - Pirc (6,145)
  20. E12 - Queen's Indian (6,105)

* What are the most common endings?

1. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (13,628)
2. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (12,408)
3. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙ (12,139)
4. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (7,788)
5. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙♙ (7,629)
6. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (6,369)
7. ♖♙ vs ♖ (5,033)
8. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (4,208)
9. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙ (4,177)
10. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (3,853)
11. ♖♙♙ vs ♖ (3,829)
12. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙♙ (3,624)
13. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (3,599)
14. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (3,499)
15. ♖♙ vs ♖♙ (3,252)
16. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙♙ (3,061)
17. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙ (2,913)
18. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (2,889)
19. ♕♙♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙♙ (2,635)
20. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙♙ (2,596)
21. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (2,383)
22. ♖♙♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (2,288)
23. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,244)
24. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,173)
25. ♕♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙ (2,078)
26. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (1,985)
27. ♖♗♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (1,980)
28. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (1,978)
29. ♘♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙ (1,944)
30. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (1,905)

* Which chessgames.com users have kibitzed the most?

1. Jim Bartle (49,962)
2. HeMateMe (43,257)
3. jessicafischerqueen (38,402)
4. WannaBe (38,155)
5. OhioChessFan (34,786)
6. chancho (33,531)
7. whiteshark (33,506)
8. Domdaniel (28,904)
9. acirce (27,693)
10. wordfunph (25,505)
11. cormier (24,620)
12. TheFocus (24,545)
13. perfidious (23,637)
14. Travis Bickle (23,382)
15. notyetagm (23,272)
16. percyblakeney (23,192)
17. Marmot PFL (22,713)
18. Ulhumbrus (21,110)
19. Shams (21,017)
20. Open Defence (20,771)
21. keypusher (20,721)
22. Abdel Irada (20,387)
23. al wazir (19,137)
24. Eyal (18,870)
25. brankat (18,741)
26. achieve (17,973)
27. twinlark (17,895)
28. technical draw (17,727)
29. Tabanus (17,409)
30. YouRang (17,295)
31. FSR (16,937)
32. Phony Benoni (16,786)
33. harrylime (16,634)
34. SugarDom (16,503)
35. RookFile (16,343)
36. frogbert (16,178)
37. diceman (16,010)
38. Colonel Mortimer (15,733)
39. patzer2 (15,284)
40. LIFE Master AJ (14,795)

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

  1. Kenneth S Rogoff (244,749)
  2. Wesley So (195,670)
  3. Kibitzer's Café (189,906)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (78,467)
  5. Robert James Fischer (53,565)
  6. The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (44,596)
  7. Vladimir Kramnik (40,035)
  8. Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (29,054)
  9. The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (26,716)
  10. The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (26,653)
  11. Jeremy Lim (25,322)
  12. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  13. Hikaru Nakamura (21,656)
  14. The World vs Akobian, 2012 (21,231)
  15. Y Shulman vs The World, 2007 (20,940)
  16. Odd Lie (19,693)
  17. Viswanathan Anand (19,056)
  18. Garry Kasparov (18,749)
  19. The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (17,684)
  20. Veselin Topalov (17,542)
  21. Biographer Bistro (15,483)
  22. S Williams vs The World, 2013 (14,964)
  23. Eugenio Torre (14,078)
  24. M Umansky vs The World, 2009 (12,340)
  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 (10,499)
  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 488 times, par: 42)
  3. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 474 times, par: 16)
  4. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 423 times, par: 32)
  5. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 414 times, par: 19)
  6. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 381 times, par: 33)
  7. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 379 times, par: 13)
  8. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 342 times, par: 99)
  9. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 316 times, par: 5)
  10. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (given 314 times, par: 36)
  11. Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (given 313 times, par: 60)
  12. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 307 times, par: 41)
  13. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 298 times, par: 58)
  14. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 285 times, par: 42)
  15. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 278 times, par: 25)
  16. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (given 252 times, par: 29)
  17. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 252 times, par: 13)
  18. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 243 times, par: 22)
  19. Morphy vs E Morphy, 1850 (given 243 times, par: 36)
  20. Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 (given 239 times, par: 126)
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 (798)
  2. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (642)
  3. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (607)
  4. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (597)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (532)
  6. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (454)
  7. Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (438)
  8. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (401)
  9. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (369)
  10. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (355)
  11. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (346)
  12. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (337)
  13. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (336)
  14. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (335)
  15. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (331)
  16. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (329)
  17. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (328)
  18. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (324)
  19. Short vs Timman, 1991 (324)
  20. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (321)
  21. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (309)
  22. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (307)
  23. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (304)
  24. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (273)
  25. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (272)
  26. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (267)
  27. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (264)
  28. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (263)
  29. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (263)
  30. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (260)
  31. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (256)
  32. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 (250)
  33. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (245)
  34. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (244)
  35. Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (242)
  36. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (238)
  37. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (236)
  38. Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 (229)
  39. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (222)
  40. Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 (221)

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

  1. pgn4web (Default) (99.01%)
  2. Chess Viewer Deluxe II (0.37%)
  3. Chess Viewer Deluxe (0.29%)
  4. None (text only) (0.12%)
  5. MyChess (0.08%)
  6. ChessTutor (0.08%)
  7. Sjkbase (0.03%)
  8. MistyBeach (0.02%)


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