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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: 813,956
Years covered: 1475 to 2017 (543 years)

White wins 306,543 games (37.66%)
Black wins 226,971 games (27.88%)
280,428 games are drawn (34.45%)

Average # of moves per game: 40.56
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2193
# of games with annotation: 2,228 (0.27%)
# of games with kibitzing: 130,298 (16.01%)
# of kibitzes in total: 3,836,354

# of registered users: 227,732
# of users registered in last 30 days: 709 (0.31%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 9,897 (4.35%)

* 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 (3,498)
5. Svetozar Gligoric (3,147)
6. Viswanathan Anand (3,115)
7. Alexey Shirov (2,965)
8. Vladimir Kramnik (2,813)
9. Mikhail Tal (2,806)
10. Boris Gelfand (2,764)
11. Lajos Portisch (2,751)
12. Michael Adams (2,714)
13. Vlastimil Hort (2,637)
14. Nigel Short (2,626)
15. Vasily Smyslov (2,625)
16. Loek van Wely (2,604)
17. Bent Larsen (2,525)
18. Peter Svidler (2,500)
19. Borislav Ivkov (2,492)
20. Magnus Carlsen (2,451)
21. Anthony Miles (2,429)
22. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov (2,398)
23. Alexey Dreev (2,395)
24. Garry Kasparov (2,360)
25. Alexander Beliavsky (2,358)
26. Ulf Andersson (2,317)
27. Ratmir Kholmov (2,276)
28. Boris Spassky (2,255)
29. Efim Geller (2,238)
30. Levon Aronian (2,226)
31. Peter Leko (2,215)
32. Sergei Movsesian (2,175)
33. David Bronstein (2,175)
34. Veselin Topalov (2,117)
35. Alexander Grischuk (2,103)
36. Oleg Romanishin (2,096)
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 (26.52%)
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. Carlos Torre Repetto (18.12%)
27. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (17.83%)
28. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.63%)
29. Howard Staunton (17.61%)
30. Joanna Majdan-Gajewska (17.58%)
31. Bator Sambuev (17.21%)
32. Ray Robson (17.10%)
33. Mikael Helin (17.01%)
34. Gerard Welling (16.89%)
35. Mikhail Chigorin (16.75%)
36. Danny Kopec (16.60%)
37. Valentina Gunina (16.57%)
38. Eric Schiller (16.53%)
39. Alexander Alekhine (16.52%)
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 (13,403)
  2. B06 - Robatsch (11,855)
  3. A07 - King's Indian Attack (11,345)
  4. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (10,579)
  5. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (9,969)
  6. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,203)
  7. A15 - English (8,922)
  8. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (8,177)
  9. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (7,885)
  10. B01 - Scandinavian (7,795)
  11. B40 - Sicilian (7,774)
  12. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (6,870)
  13. B30 - Sicilian (6,780)
  14. B32 - Sicilian (6,452)
  15. B23 - Sicilian, Closed (6,305)
  16. D37 - Queen's Gambit Declined (6,197)
  17. A00 - Uncommon Opening (6,176)
  18. C42 - Petrov Defense (6,174)
  19. B07 - Pirc (6,108)
  20. E12 - Queen's Indian (6,084)

* What are the most common endings?

1. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (13,089)
2. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (11,940)
3. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙ (11,678)
4. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (7,467)
5. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙♙ (7,339)
6. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (6,100)
7. ♖♙ vs ♖ (4,778)
8. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (4,048)
9. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙ (4,001)
10. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (3,695)
11. ♖♙♙ vs ♖ (3,661)
12. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙♙ (3,482)
13. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (3,451)
14. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (3,356)
15. ♖♙ vs ♖♙ (3,109)
16. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙♙ (2,928)
17. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙ (2,805)
18. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (2,747)
19. ♕♙♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙♙ (2,529)
20. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙♙ (2,506)
21. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (2,277)
22. ♖♙♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (2,186)
23. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,154)
24. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,078)
25. ♕♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙ (1,992)
26. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (1,924)
27. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (1,912)
28. ♖♗♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (1,909)
29. ♘♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙ (1,862)
30. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (1,828)

* Which chessgames.com users have kibitzed the most?

1. Jim Bartle (49,962)
2. HeMateMe (42,318)
3. jessicafischerqueen (38,400)
4. WannaBe (37,701)
5. OhioChessFan (34,433)
6. chancho (33,416)
7. whiteshark (33,411)
8. Domdaniel (28,893)
9. acirce (27,693)
10. wordfunph (25,482)
11. cormier (24,383)
12. TheFocus (24,177)
13. notyetagm (23,252)
14. perfidious (23,238)
15. percyblakeney (23,192)
16. Travis Bickle (23,035)
17. Marmot PFL (22,634)
18. Ulhumbrus (21,085)
19. Shams (20,960)
20. Open Defence (20,771)
21. keypusher (20,539)
22. Abdel Irada (19,548)
23. Eyal (18,870)
24. al wazir (18,862)
25. brankat (18,741)
26. achieve (17,973)
27. twinlark (17,836)
28. technical draw (17,697)
29. Tabanus (17,363)
30. YouRang (17,181)
31. FSR (16,925)
32. Phony Benoni (16,770)
33. harrylime (16,358)
34. RookFile (16,331)
35. SugarDom (16,295)
36. frogbert (16,178)
37. diceman (15,614)
38. Colonel Mortimer (15,416)
39. patzer2 (14,940)
40. LIFE Master AJ (14,795)

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

  1. Kenneth S Rogoff (235,827)
  2. Wesley So (194,316)
  3. Kibitzer's Café (188,288)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (78,425)
  5. Robert James Fischer (53,530)
  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 (26,714)
  10. The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (26,653)
  11. Jeremy Lim (24,595)
  12. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  13. Hikaru Nakamura (21,654)
  14. The World vs Akobian, 2012 (21,231)
  15. Y Shulman vs The World, 2007 (20,940)
  16. Odd Lie (19,687)
  17. Viswanathan Anand (19,056)
  18. Garry Kasparov (18,749)
  19. The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (17,684)
  20. Veselin Topalov (17,540)
  21. Biographer Bistro (15,344)
  22. S Williams vs The World, 2013 (14,964)
  23. Eugenio Torre (14,062)
  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 (10,496)
  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 471 times, par: 16)
  4. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 419 times, par: 32)
  5. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 413 times, par: 19)
  6. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 380 times, par: 33)
  7. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 375 times, par: 13)
  8. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 338 times, par: 99)
  9. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 316 times, par: 5)
  10. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (given 313 times, par: 36)
  11. Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (given 312 times, par: 60)
  12. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 307 times, par: 41)
  13. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 294 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 251 times, par: 29)
  17. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 249 times, par: 13)
  18. Morphy vs E Morphy, 1850 (given 243 times, par: 36)
  19. Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 (given 239 times, par: 126)
  20. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 239 times, par: 22)
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 (793)
  2. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (640)
  3. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (605)
  4. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (595)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (529)
  6. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (451)
  7. Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (435)
  8. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (398)
  9. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (363)
  10. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (351)
  11. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (339)
  12. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (336)
  13. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (334)
  14. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (331)
  15. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (328)
  16. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (325)
  17. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (325)
  18. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (321)
  19. Short vs Timman, 1991 (321)
  20. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (318)
  21. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (304)
  22. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (303)
  23. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (301)
  24. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (269)
  25. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (268)
  26. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (264)
  27. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (261)
  28. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (260)
  29. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (260)
  30. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (254)
  31. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (253)
  32. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 (247)
  33. Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (242)
  34. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (241)
  35. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (240)
  36. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (235)
  37. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (233)
  38. Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 (227)
  39. Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 (221)
  40. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (218)

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

  1. pgn4web (Default) (99.00%)
  2. Chess Viewer Deluxe II (0.38%)
  3. Chess Viewer Deluxe (0.29%)
  4. None (text only) (0.12%)
  5. ChessTutor (0.09%)
  6. MyChess (0.08%)
  7. Sjkbase (0.03%)
  8. MistyBeach (0.01%)


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