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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: 749,825
Years covered: 1475 to 2015 (541 years)

White wins 281,385 games (37.53%)
Black wins 207,184 games (27.63%)
261,243 games are drawn (34.84%)

Average # of moves per game: 40.32
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2195
# of games with annotation: 2,155 (0.29%)
# of games with kibitzing: 119,181 (15.89%)
# of kibitzes in total: 3,495,656

# of registered users: 213,526
# of users registered in last 30 days: 719 (0.34%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 10,762 (5.04%)

* 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 (2813)
7. Vladimir Kramnik (2811)
8. Hikaru Nakamura (2799)
9. Alexander Grischuk (2797)
10. Teimour Radjabov (2793)
11. Anish Giri (2790)
12. Wesley So (2788)
13. Sergey Karjakin (2788)
14. Alexander Morozevich (2788)
15. Vassily Ivanchuk (2787)
16. Robert James Fischer (2785)
17. Anatoly Karpov (2780)
18. Boris Gelfand (2777)
19. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2775)
20. Peter Svidler (2769)
21. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2768)
22. Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768)
23. Ruslan Ponomariov (2768)
24. Gata Kamsky (2763)
25. Peter Leko (2763)
26. Vugar Gashimov (2761)
27. Michael Adams (2761)
28. Dmitry Jakovenko (2760)
29. Ding Liren (2757)
30. Wang Yue (2756)
31. Pavel Eljanov (2755)
32. Alexey Shirov (2755)
33. Wang Hao (2752)
34. David Navara (2751)
35. Sergei Movsesian (2751)
36. Evgeny Tomashevsky (2749)
37. Etienne Bacrot (2749)
38. Li Chao (2748)
39. Nikita Vitiugov (2747)
40. Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2746)

* What players have the most games in the database?

1. Viktor Korchnoi (4,438)
2. Anatoly Karpov (3,551)
3. Jan Timman (3,489)
4. Vassily Ivanchuk (3,320)
5. Svetozar Gligoric (3,144)
6. Viswanathan Anand (2,859)
7. Mikhail Tal (2,829)
8. Alexey Shirov (2,801)
9. Lajos Portisch (2,765)
10. Vlastimil Hort (2,652)
11. Vasily Smyslov (2,635)
12. Boris Gelfand (2,614)
13. Vladimir Kramnik (2,586)
14. Michael Adams (2,582)
15. Bent Larsen (2,531)
16. Nigel Short (2,516)
17. Borislav Ivkov (2,508)
18. Loek van Wely (2,486)
19. Anthony Miles (2,437)
20. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov (2,399)
21. Garry Kasparov (2,357)
22. Ulf Andersson (2,306)
23. Peter Svidler (2,294)
24. Ratmir Kholmov (2,276)
25. Alexander Beliavsky (2,269)
26. Boris Spassky (2,263)
27. Efim Geller (2,245)
28. Alexey Dreev (2,239)
29. David Bronstein (2,179)
30. Oleg Romanishin (2,078)
31. Artur Yusupov (2,054)
32. Paul Keres (2,051)
33. Lubomir Ftacnik (2,047)
34. Mark Taimanov (2,041)
35. Peter Leko (2,041)
36. Vlastimil Jansa (1,986)
37. Ljubomir Ljubojevic (1,981)
38. Sergei Movsesian (1,979)
39. Alexander Alekhine (1,968)
40. Levon Aronian (1,948)

* 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. Marc Esserman (30.21%)
6. Ignatz von Kolisch (29.38%)
7. Cecil Valentine De Vere (28.12%)
8. Rybka (Computer) (27.37%)
9. Igor Nikolayev (27.27%)
10. John Cochrane (27.12%)
11. Marco Albano (24.19%)
12. Johannes Zukertort (24.15%)
13. Nezhmetdinov (24.13%)
14. Rudolf Rezso Charousek (24.04%)
15. Adolf Anderssen (23.77%)
16. La Bourdonnais (23.00%)
17. Gustav Richard Neumann (22.73%)
18. Wilhelm Steinitz (21.48%)
19. Tibor Weinberger (21.43%)
20. Von Der Lasa (21.17%)
21. John A Curdo (20.57%)
22. Georges Koltanowski (20.37%)
23. Emory Tate (20.22%)
24. Erik Andrew Kislik (20.14%)
25. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.55%)
26. K Richter (19.51%)
27. Mikael Helin (18.12%)
28. Mikhail Golubev (18.11%)
29. Carlos Torre Repetto (17.99%)
30. Howard Staunton (17.76%)
31. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.55%)
32. Jan-Krzysztof Duda (17.32%)
33. Ray Robson (17.24%)
34. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (17.16%)
35. Joanna Majdan-Gajewska (17.09%)
36. Gerard Welling (17.02%)
37. Valentina Gunina (16.92%)
38. Mikhail Chigorin (16.77%)
39. Stephen John Solomon (16.77%)
40. Alexander Alekhine (16.72%)
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 (12,141)
  2. B06 - Robatsch (10,948)
  3. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (9,828)
  4. A07 - King's Indian Attack (9,712)
  5. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (9,056)
  6. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (8,343)
  7. A15 - English (8,192)
  8. B40 - Sicilian (7,234)
  9. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (7,045)
  10. B01 - Scandinavian (7,043)
  11. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (6,959)
  12. B30 - Sicilian (6,209)
  13. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (6,170)
  14. B32 - Sicilian (5,904)
  15. B23 - Sicilian, Closed (5,896)
  16. E12 - Queen's Indian (5,803)
  17. A00 - Uncommon Opening (5,795)
  18. C42 - Petrov Defense (5,745)
  19. D37 - Queen's Gambit Declined (5,615)
  20. B07 - Pirc (5,609)

* What are the most common endings?

1. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (11,780)
2. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (10,720)
3. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙ (10,470)
4. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (6,700)
5. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙♙ (6,604)
6. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (5,456)
7. ♖♙ vs ♖ (4,192)
8. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (3,659)
9. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙ (3,579)
10. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (3,318)
11. ♖♙♙ vs ♖ (3,235)
12. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙♙ (3,148)
13. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (3,099)
14. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (3,013)
15. ♖♙ vs ♖♙ (2,748)
16. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙♙ (2,637)
17. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (2,503)
18. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙ (2,495)
19. ♕♙♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙♙ (2,275)
20. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙♙ (2,236)
21. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (2,062)
22. ♖♙♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (1,970)
23. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (1,955)
24. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (1,882)
25. ♕♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙ (1,794)
26. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (1,746)
27. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (1,738)
28. ♖♗♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (1,712)
29. ♘♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙ (1,691)
30. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (1,652)

* Which chessgames.com users have kibitzed the most?

1. Jim Bartle (41,023)
2. jessicafischerqueen (36,932)
3. whiteshark (31,182)
4. HeMateMe (31,015)
5. chancho (30,799)
6. WannaBe (30,519)
7. OhioChessFan (30,122)
8. acirce (27,690)
9. Domdaniel (26,321)
10. wordfunph (24,504)
11. percyblakeney (23,194)
12. notyetagm (22,805)
13. Marmot PFL (21,190)
14. Travis Bickle (20,480)
15. Open Defence (20,373)
16. Ulhumbrus (19,721)
17. Shams (19,099)
18. brankat (18,556)
19. Eyal (18,440)
20. achieve (17,974)
21. keypusher (17,771)
22. cormier (17,707)
23. perfidious (17,401)
24. twinlark (17,093)
25. technical draw (16,958)
26. Tabanus (16,358)
27. frogbert (15,963)
28. YouRang (15,903)
29. FSR (15,852)
30. SugarDom (15,659)
31. TheFocus (15,594)
32. Phony Benoni (15,160)
33. RookFile (15,067)
34. al wazir (15,044)
35. Abdel Irada (14,919)
36. LIFE Master AJ (14,797)
37. ughaibu (13,647)
38. patzer2 (13,601)
39. Sneaky (13,094)
40. chessmoron (12,919)

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

  1. Wesley So (178,549)
  2. Kenneth Rogoff (178,112)
  3. Kibitzer's Café (147,428)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (76,797)
  5. Robert James Fischer (51,731)
  6. The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (44,580)
  7. Vladimir Kramnik (39,914)
  8. Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (29,040)
  9. The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (26,685)
  10. The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (26,649)
  11. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  12. The World vs Akobian, 2012 (21,225)
  13. Hikaru Nakamura (20,996)
  14. Y Shulman vs The World, 2007 (20,940)
  15. Viswanathan Anand (18,894)
  16. Garry Kasparov (18,564)
  17. Odd Lie (18,399)
  18. The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (17,636)
  19. Veselin Topalov (17,292)
  20. S Williams vs The World, 2013 (14,960)
  21. M Umansky vs The World, 2009 (12,339)
  22. Eugenio Torre (12,311)
  23. World Championship Candidates (2013) (12,088)
  24. FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007) (11,915)
  25. Battle of the Brains II, 2008 (11,499)
  26. Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) (11,067)
  27. Biographer Bistro (10,630)
  28. Nigel Short (10,331)
  29. Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010) (10,121)
  30. Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) (9,771)

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

  1. P Troeger vs Tal, 1960 (given 1031 times, par: 35)
  2. Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 (given 477 times, par: 42)
  3. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 422 times, par: 16)
  4. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 370 times, par: 19)
  5. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 357 times, par: 32)
  6. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 323 times, par: 13)
  7. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 312 times, par: 5)
  8. Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (given 305 times, par: 60)
  9. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 301 times, par: 99)
  10. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 296 times, par: 40)
  11. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (given 284 times, par: 36)
  12. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 272 times, par: 32)
  13. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 259 times, par: 58)
  14. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 252 times, par: 25)
  15. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 245 times, par: 43)
  16. Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 (given 239 times, par: 126)
  17. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (given 239 times, par: 30)
  18. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 225 times, par: 13)
  19. Philidor vs NN, 1749 (given 224 times, par: 64)
  20. Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1948 (given 217 times, par: 9)
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 (726)
  2. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (596)
  3. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (542)
  4. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (528)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (484)
  6. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (405)
  7. R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (389)
  8. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (347)
  9. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (313)
  10. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (301)
  11. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (300)
  12. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (296)
  13. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (296)
  14. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (286)
  15. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (284)
  16. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (283)
  17. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (280)
  18. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (277)
  19. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (275)
  20. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (272)
  21. Short vs Timman, 1991 (271)
  22. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (266)
  23. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (266)
  24. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (239)
  25. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (233)
  26. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (228)
  27. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (224)
  28. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (223)
  29. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (222)
  30. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (220)
  31. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 (214)
  32. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (211)
  33. Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (210)
  34. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (210)
  35. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (209)
  36. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (208)
  37. Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 (199)
  38. Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 (197)
  39. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (193)
  40. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (193)

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

  1. pgn4web (Default) (99.00%)
  2. Chess Viewer Deluxe II (0.39%)
  3. Chess Viewer Deluxe (0.27%)
  4. MyChess (0.12%)
  5. None (text only) (0.10%)
  6. ChessTutor (0.09%)
  7. Sjkbase (0.02%)
  8. MistyBeach (0.01%)


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