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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: 803,396
Years covered: 1475 to 2016 (542 years)

White wins 302,453 games (37.65%)
Black wins 223,739 games (27.85%)
277,191 games are drawn (34.50%)

Average # of moves per game: 40.52
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2193
# of games with annotation: 2,229 (0.28%)
# of games with kibitzing: 129,452 (16.11%)
# of kibitzes in total: 3,810,876

# of registered users: 226,726
# of users registered in last 30 days: 874 (0.39%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 9,678 (4.27%)

* 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. Alexander Grischuk (2797)
11. Wesley So (2794)
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. Pavel Eljanov (2765)
26. Gata Kamsky (2763)
27. Peter Leko (2763)
28. Pentala Harikrishna (2763)
29. Vugar Gashimov (2761)
30. Michael Adams (2761)
31. Dmitry Jakovenko (2760)
32. Evgeny Tomashevsky (2758)
33. Li Chao (2757)
34. Wang Yue (2756)
35. Alexey Shirov (2755)
36. Richard Rapport (2752)
37. Wang Hao (2752)
38. David Navara (2751)
39. Sergei Movsesian (2751)
40. Ian Nepomniachtchi (2749)

* What players have the most games in the database?

1. Viktor Korchnoi (4,416)
2. Anatoly Karpov (3,545)
3. Jan Timman (3,505)
4. Vassily Ivanchuk (3,462)
5. Svetozar Gligoric (3,147)
6. Viswanathan Anand (3,050)
7. Alexey Shirov (2,922)
8. Mikhail Tal (2,806)
9. Vladimir Kramnik (2,781)
10. Boris Gelfand (2,761)
11. Lajos Portisch (2,751)
12. Michael Adams (2,703)
13. Vlastimil Hort (2,641)
14. Vasily Smyslov (2,625)
15. Nigel Short (2,602)
16. Loek van Wely (2,582)
17. Bent Larsen (2,525)
18. Peter Svidler (2,500)
19. Borislav Ivkov (2,492)
20. Anthony Miles (2,428)
21. Magnus Carlsen (2,408)
22. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov (2,398)
23. Garry Kasparov (2,360)
24. Alexey Dreev (2,346)
25. Alexander Beliavsky (2,331)
26. Ulf Andersson (2,309)
27. Ratmir Kholmov (2,276)
28. Boris Spassky (2,255)
29. Efim Geller (2,238)
30. David Bronstein (2,176)
31. Levon Aronian (2,174)
32. Peter Leko (2,141)
33. Sergei Movsesian (2,126)
34. Veselin Topalov (2,096)
35. Oleg Romanishin (2,085)
36. Alexander Grischuk (2,066)
37. Lubomir Ftacnik (2,060)
38. Artur Yusupov (2,059)
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 (35.70%)
5. Igor Nikolayev (30.79%)
6. Ignatz von Kolisch (29.38%)
7. Cecil Valentine De Vere (29.17%)
8. Marc Esserman (27.42%)
9. John Cochrane (27.12%)
10. Marco Albano (24.19%)
11. Nezhmetdinov (24.13%)
12. Rudolf Rezso Charousek (24.04%)
13. Johannes Zukertort (24.00%)
14. Adolf Anderssen (23.74%)
15. Gustav Richard Neumann (22.73%)
16. Olga Vasiliev (22.02%)
17. Wilhelm Steinitz (21.57%)
18. Tibor Weinberger (21.51%)
19. Von Der Lasa (21.17%)
20. K Richter (20.55%)
21. Georges Koltanowski (20.26%)
22. John A Curdo (20.24%)
23. Erik Andrew Kislik (20.14%)
24. Emory Tate (20.00%)
25. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.90%)
26. Mikhail Golubev (18.17%)
27. Carlos Torre Repetto (18.12%)
28. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (17.67%)
29. Howard Staunton (17.61%)
30. Joanna Majdan-Gajewska (17.58%)
31. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.55%)
32. Fidel Corrales Jimenez (17.14%)
33. Ray Robson (17.04%)
34. Mikael Helin (17.01%)
35. Gerard Welling (16.89%)
36. Valentina Gunina (16.81%)
37. Mikhail Chigorin (16.75%)
38. Bator Sambuev (16.74%)
39. Danny Kopec (16.60%)
40. Eric Schiller (16.53%)
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 (13,099)
  2. B06 - Robatsch (11,706)
  3. A07 - King's Indian Attack (11,081)
  4. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (10,463)
  5. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (9,790)
  6. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,008)
  7. A15 - English (8,793)
  8. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (7,905)
  9. B01 - Scandinavian (7,701)
  10. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (7,694)
  11. B40 - Sicilian (7,676)
  12. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (6,741)
  13. B30 - Sicilian (6,672)
  14. B32 - Sicilian (6,388)
  15. B23 - Sicilian, Closed (6,253)
  16. C42 - Petrov Defense (6,125)
  17. A00 - Uncommon Opening (6,107)
  18. D37 - Queen's Gambit Declined (6,095)
  19. E12 - Queen's Indian (6,036)
  20. B07 - Pirc (6,032)

* 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 (41,404)
3. jessicafischerqueen (38,235)
4. WannaBe (37,308)
5. OhioChessFan (33,935)
6. whiteshark (33,271)
7. chancho (33,265)
8. Domdaniel (28,528)
9. acirce (27,693)
10. wordfunph (25,420)
11. cormier (24,065)
12. TheFocus (23,758)
13. notyetagm (23,218)
14. percyblakeney (23,192)
15. perfidious (22,791)
16. Travis Bickle (22,763)
17. Marmot PFL (22,550)
18. Ulhumbrus (21,025)
19. Shams (20,906)
20. Open Defence (20,771)
21. keypusher (20,296)
22. Abdel Irada (19,027)
23. Eyal (18,760)
24. brankat (18,741)
25. al wazir (18,662)
26. achieve (17,973)
27. twinlark (17,764)
28. technical draw (17,641)
29. Tabanus (17,279)
30. YouRang (17,030)
31. FSR (16,897)
32. Phony Benoni (16,693)
33. SugarDom (16,273)
34. RookFile (16,219)
35. frogbert (16,173)
36. harrylime (15,819)
37. diceman (15,252)
38. Colonel Mortimer (15,155)
39. LIFE Master AJ (14,796)
40. patzer2 (14,770)

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

  1. Kenneth S Rogoff (229,189)
  2. Wesley So (192,702)
  3. Kibitzer's Café (185,293)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (78,330)
  5. Robert James Fischer (53,314)
  6. The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (44,596)
  7. Vladimir Kramnik (40,032)
  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 (23,406)
  12. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  13. Hikaru Nakamura (21,650)
  14. The World vs Akobian, 2012 (21,231)
  15. Y Shulman vs The World, 2007 (20,940)
  16. Odd Lie (19,681)
  17. Viswanathan Anand (19,041)
  18. Garry Kasparov (18,746)
  19. The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (17,753)
  20. Veselin Topalov (17,521)
  21. Biographer Bistro (15,076)
  22. S Williams vs The World, 2013 (14,964)
  23. Eugenio Torre (14,039)
  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 (10,484)
  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 487 times, par: 42)
  3. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 467 times, par: 16)
  4. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 411 times, par: 19)
  5. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 397 times, par: 32)
  6. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 378 times, par: 33)
  7. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 372 times, par: 13)
  8. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 337 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 311 times, par: 60)
  12. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 305 times, par: 41)
  13. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 292 times, par: 58)
  14. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 282 times, par: 42)
  15. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 275 times, par: 25)
  16. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (given 251 times, par: 29)
  17. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 247 times, par: 13)
  18. Morphy vs E Morphy, 1850 (given 240 times, par: 36)
  19. Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 (given 239 times, par: 126)
  20. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 237 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 (783)
  2. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (633)
  3. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (602)
  4. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (586)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (529)
  6. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (448)
  7. Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (426)
  8. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (393)
  9. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (354)
  10. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (348)
  11. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (334)
  12. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (333)
  13. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (332)
  14. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (327)
  15. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (325)
  16. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (320)
  17. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (319)
  18. Short vs Timman, 1991 (318)
  19. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (318)
  20. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (314)
  21. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (301)
  22. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (297)
  23. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (297)
  24. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (263)
  25. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (261)
  26. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (260)
  27. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (260)
  28. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (259)
  29. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (255)
  30. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (254)
  31. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (252)
  32. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 (245)
  33. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (234)
  34. Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (234)
  35. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (233)
  36. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (233)
  37. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (227)
  38. Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 (224)
  39. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (217)
  40. Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 (216)

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

  1. pgn4web (Default) (99.04%)
  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 (0.06%)
  7. Sjkbase (0.03%)
  8. MistyBeach (0.01%)


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