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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: 930,254
Years covered: 1475 to 2019 (545 years)

All time controls (930,254 games)
White wins 351,278 games (37.76%)
Black wins 261,482 games (28.11%)
317,468 games are drawn (34.13%)

Only classical time controls (839,835 games)
White wins 314,471 games (37.44%)
Black wins 232,940 games (27.74%)
292,404 games are drawn (34.82%)

Only non-classical time controls (90,419 games)
White wins 36,807 games (40.71%)
Black wins 28,542 games (31.57%)
25,064 games are drawn (27.72%)

Average # of moves per game: 41.00
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2189
# of games with annotation: 2,509 (0.27%)
# of games with kibitzing: 147,738 (15.88%)
# of kibitzes in total: 4,345,298

# of registered users: 238,741
# of users registered in last 30 days: 1,680 (0.70%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 9,171 (3.84%)

* 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. paj (2996)
2. Magnus Carlsen (2882)
3. Garry Kasparov (2851)
4. OUTCAST (2850)
5. Fabiano Caruana (2844)
6. Levon Aronian (2830)
7. Wesley So (2822)
8. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2819)
9. Vladimir Kramnik (2817)
10. Viswanathan Anand (2817)
11. Veselin Topalov (2816)
12. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2814)
13. Hikaru Nakamura (2814)
14. Ding Liren (2797)
15. Alexander Grischuk (2797)
16. Anish Giri (2793)
17. Teimour Radjabov (2793)
18. Sergey Karjakin (2788)
19. Alexander Morozevich (2788)
20. Vassily Ivanchuk (2787)
21. Robert James Fischer (2785)
22. Anatoly Karpov (2780)
23. Boris Gelfand (2777)
24. Peter Svidler (2769)
25. Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768)
26. Ruslan Ponomariov (2768)
27. Ian Nepomniachtchi (2767)
28. Pentala Harikrishna (2766)
29. Pavel Eljanov (2765)
30. Gata Kamsky (2763)
31. Peter Leko (2763)
32. Yu Yangyi (2762)
33. Vugar Gashimov (2761)
34. Michael Adams (2761)
35. Dmitry Jakovenko (2760)
36. Evgeny Tomashevsky (2758)
37. Li Chao (2757)
38. Wang Yue (2756)
39. Alexey Shirov (2755)
40. Wei Yi (2753)

* What players have the most games in the database?

1. Viktor Korchnoi (4,424)
2. Vassily Ivanchuk (3,765)
3. Viswanathan Anand (3,640)
4. Anatoly Karpov (3,610)
5. Jan Timman (3,554)
6. Svetozar Gligoric (3,167)
7. Alexey Shirov (3,142)
8. Magnus Carlsen (3,094)
9. Boris Gelfand (3,055)
10. Vladimir Kramnik (3,040)
11. Michael Adams (2,909)
12. Peter Svidler (2,838)
13. Mikhail Tal (2,830)
14. Levon Aronian (2,806)
15. Nigel Short (2,798)
16. Lajos Portisch (2,771)
17. Loek van Wely (2,744)
18. Alexander Grischuk (2,676)
19. Alexey Dreev (2,671)
20. Vlastimil Hort (2,659)
21. Vasily Smyslov (2,627)
22. Bent Larsen (2,537)
23. Borislav Ivkov (2,537)
24. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2,504)
25. Hikaru Nakamura (2,491)
26. Sergey Karjakin (2,485)
27. Alexander Beliavsky (2,445)
28. Anthony Miles (2,434)
29. Peter Leko (2,418)
30. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov (2,399)
31. Garry Kasparov (2,385)
32. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2,373)
33. Sergei Movsesian (2,367)
34. Ulf Andersson (2,357)
35. Veselin Topalov (2,284)
36. Ratmir Kholmov (2,279)
37. Boris Spassky (2,274)
38. Efim Geller (2,228)
39. David Bronstein (2,186)
40. Oleg Romanishin (2,124)

* Which players most often make winning sacrifices?

1. Gioachino Greco (58.23%)
2. Emil Joseph Diemer (41.83%)
3. Paul Morphy (35.64%)
4. Igor Nikolayev (31.50%)
5. Ignatz von Kolisch (30.36%)
6. John Cochrane (27.02%)
7. Olga Vasiliev (24.60%)
8. Marco Albano (24.19%)
9. Rudolf Rezso Charousek (24.04%)
10. Nezhmetdinov (23.90%)
11. Adolf Anderssen (23.80%)
12. Johannes Zukertort (23.74%)
13. Marc Esserman (22.99%)
14. Gustav Richard Neumann (22.73%)
15. Tibor Weinberger (21.57%)
16. Wilhelm Steinitz (21.44%)
17. Von Der Lasa (21.17%)
18. Emory Tate (20.32%)
19. Georges Koltanowski (20.30%)
20. K Richter (19.92%)
21. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.47%)
22. M V Golubev (19.39%)
23. John A Curdo (19.31%)
24. Adam Tukhaev (18.03%)
25. Howard Staunton (17.61%)
26. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.60%)
27. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (17.55%)
28. Bator Sambuev (17.47%)
29. Stanislav Bogdanovich (17.17%)
30. Oldrich Duras (16.70%)
31. Eric Schiller (16.53%)
32. Maxime Lagarde (16.47%)
33. Gerard Welling (16.47%)
34. Danny Kopec (16.40%)
35. Mikhail Chigorin (16.25%)
36. Alexander Alekhine (16.21%)
37. Ray Robson (16.21%)
38. Harold James Plaskett (16.12%)
39. Stephen John Solomon (16.06%)
40. Viktor Kupreichik (15.98%)
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. A07 - King's Indian Attack (20,366)
  2. A04 - Reti Opening (14,762)
  3. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (13,124)
  4. B06 - Robatsch (11,902)
  5. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (11,376)
  6. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (10,935)
  7. A15 - English (10,490)
  8. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (10,177)
  9. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (10,000)
  10. B01 - Scandinavian (8,785)
  11. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (8,475)
  12. B32 - Sicilian (8,336)
  13. B07 - Pirc (8,051)
  14. B30 - Sicilian (7,969)
  15. A00 - Uncommon Opening (7,677)
  16. C45 - Scotch Game (7,655)
  17. B40 - Sicilian (7,339)
  18. C42 - Petrov Defense (7,058)
  19. A13 - English (6,943)
  20. D37 - Queen's Gambit Declined (6,846)

* What are the most common endings?

1. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (14,831)
2. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (13,436)
3. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙ (13,262)
4. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (8,492)
5. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙♙ (8,288)
6. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (6,979)
7. ♖♙ vs ♖ (5,569)
8. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (4,592)
9. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙ (4,560)
10. ♖♙♙ vs ♖ (4,246)
11. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (4,214)
12. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (3,931)
13. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙♙ (3,909)
14. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (3,820)
15. ♖♙ vs ♖♙ (3,581)
16. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙♙ (3,335)
17. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙ (3,204)
18. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (3,159)
19. ♕♙♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙♙ (2,871)
20. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙♙ (2,824)
21. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (2,570)
22. ♖♙♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (2,477)
23. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,443)
24. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,395)
25. ♕♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙ (2,260)
26. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (2,166)
27. ♖♗♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,161)
28. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (2,131)
29. ♘♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙ (2,105)
30. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (2,061)

* Which chessgames.com users have kibitzed the most?

1. HeMateMe (64,540)
2. Jim Bartle (49,967)
3. WannaBe (44,076)
4. jessicafischerqueen (41,391)
5. OhioChessFan (40,862)
6. saffuna (38,676)
7. whiteshark (37,279)
8. chancho (36,025)
9. cormier (34,050)
10. Domdaniel (30,821)
11. Travis Bickle (30,384)
12. harrylime (30,155)
13. perfidious (29,271)
14. Bobsterman3000 (28,074)
15. wordfunph (27,807)
16. acirce (27,704)
17. TheFocus (27,685)
18. Marmot PFL (25,902)
19. al wazir (25,455)
20. diceman (24,857)
21. keypusher (24,632)
22. notyetagm (23,398)
23. Big Pawn (23,336)
24. percyblakeney (23,192)
25. Ulhumbrus (23,103)
26. Abdel Irada (22,028)
27. Colonel Mortimer (21,974)
28. zanzibar (21,503)
29. Shams (21,013)
30. Open Defence (20,784)
31. SugarDom (20,183)
32. Tabanus (19,863)
33. technical draw (19,490)
34. Eyal (19,015)
35. FSR (18,960)
36. brankat (18,795)
37. offramp (18,611)
38. thegoodanarchist (18,285)
39. twinlark (18,231)
40. achieve (18,020)

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

  1. Kenneth S Rogoff (388,689)
  2. Kibitzer's Café (252,294)
  3. Wesley So (210,180)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (81,176)
  5. Robert James Fischer (55,278)
  6. The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (44,597)
  7. Jeremy Lim (43,615)
  8. Vladimir Kramnik (39,989)
  9. Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (29,030)
  10. The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (26,712)
  11. The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (26,659)
  12. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  13. Hikaru Nakamura (21,429)
  14. The World vs Akobian, 2012 (21,219)
  15. Y Shulman vs The World, 2007 (20,940)
  16. Biographer Bistro (19,318)
  17. Odd Lie (19,199)
  18. Viswanathan Anand (18,999)
  19. Garry Kasparov (18,646)
  20. The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (17,661)
  21. Veselin Topalov (17,487)
  22. S Williams vs The World, 2013 (14,939)
  23. Eugenio Torre (14,571)
  24. M Umansky vs The World, 2009 (12,340)
  25. World Championship Candidates (2013) (12,086)
  26. World Championship Tournament (2007) (11,917)
  27. Battle of the Brains II, 2008 (11,499)
  28. Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) (11,072)
  29. Nigel Short (10,395)
  30. Anand - Topalov World Championship Match (2010) (10,101)
  31. Raymond Keene (9,837)
  32. Anand - Carlsen World Championship Match (2013) (9,771)
  33. Corus Group A (2007) (9,159)
  34. Louis Stumpers (8,940)
  35. FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) (8,411)
  36. Akobian vs The World, 2011 (8,262)
  37. Edmund Beronio (7,926)
  38. Corus Group A (2008) (7,653)
  39. Morelia-Linares (2007) (7,174)
  40. Paul Morphy (6,879)

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

  1. P Troeger vs Tal, 1960 (given 1344 times, par: 34)
  2. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 529 times, par: 16)
  3. Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 (given 492 times, par: 42)
  4. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 468 times, par: 13)
  5. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 468 times, par: 19)
  6. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 439 times, par: 32)
  7. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 430 times, par: 33)
  8. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 398 times, par: 98)
  9. Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 (given 378 times, par: 11)
  10. Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (given 360 times, par: 60)
  11. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (given 353 times, par: 36)
  12. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 347 times, par: 42)
  13. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 324 times, par: 56)
  14. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 319 times, par: 43)
  15. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 317 times, par: 5)
  16. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 300 times, par: 22)
  17. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 300 times, par: 25)
  18. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 284 times, par: 12)
  19. Morphy vs E Morphy, 1856 (given 279 times, par: 36)
  20. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (given 278 times, par: 30)
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 (929)
  2. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (758)
  3. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (741)
  4. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (713)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (667)
  6. Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (578)
  7. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (566)
  8. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (501)
  9. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (495)
  10. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (494)
  11. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (473)
  12. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (444)
  13. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (443)
  14. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (437)
  15. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (423)
  16. Short vs Timman, 1991 (423)
  17. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (421)
  18. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (409)
  19. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (408)
  20. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (398)
  21. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (394)
  22. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (382)
  23. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (376)
  24. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (371)
  25. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (368)
  26. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (366)
  27. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (363)
  28. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (352)
  29. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (347)
  30. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (343)
  31. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (333)
  32. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (324)
  33. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (323)
  34. O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 (315)
  35. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (314)
  36. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (313)
  37. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (305)
  38. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 (305)
  39. Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 (303)
  40. Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (294)
Also see our Notable Games for games broke down by year, decade, and century.


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