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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: 838,566
Years covered: 1475 to 2017 (543 years)

White wins 315,923 games (37.67%)
Black wins 234,100 games (27.92%)
288,530 games are drawn (34.41%)

Average # of moves per game: 40.63
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2192
# of games with annotation: 2,253 (0.27%)
# of games with kibitzing: 134,134 (16.00%)
# of kibitzes in total: 3,964,100

# of registered users: 233,156
# of users registered in last 30 days: 941 (0.40%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 9,663 (4.14%)

* 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. Wesley So (2822)
6. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2819)
7. Vladimir Kramnik (2817)
8. Viswanathan Anand (2817)
9. Veselin Topalov (2816)
10. Hikaru Nakamura (2814)
11. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2800)
12. Alexander Grischuk (2797)
13. Anish Giri (2793)
14. Teimour Radjabov (2793)
15. Sergey Karjakin (2788)
16. Alexander Morozevich (2788)
17. Vassily Ivanchuk (2787)
18. Robert James Fischer (2785)
19. Ding Liren (2783)
20. Anatoly Karpov (2780)
21. Boris Gelfand (2777)
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. Wei Yi (2753)
38. Richard Rapport (2752)
39. Wang Hao (2752)
40. David Navara (2751)

* What players have the most games in the database?

1. Viktor Korchnoi (4,413)
2. Anatoly Karpov (3,572)
3. Vassily Ivanchuk (3,569)
4. Jan Timman (3,517)
5. Viswanathan Anand (3,210)
6. Svetozar Gligoric (3,150)
7. Alexey Shirov (3,028)
8. Vladimir Kramnik (2,892)
9. Boris Gelfand (2,818)
10. Mikhail Tal (2,805)
11. Michael Adams (2,773)
12. Lajos Portisch (2,757)
13. Nigel Short (2,677)
14. Vlastimil Hort (2,643)
15. Loek van Wely (2,638)
16. Vasily Smyslov (2,624)
17. Magnus Carlsen (2,582)
18. Peter Svidler (2,575)
19. Bent Larsen (2,522)
20. Borislav Ivkov (2,488)
21. Alexey Dreev (2,434)
22. Anthony Miles (2,427)
23. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov (2,398)
24. Garry Kasparov (2,387)
25. Alexander Beliavsky (2,385)
26. Levon Aronian (2,338)
27. Ulf Andersson (2,317)
28. Ratmir Kholmov (2,274)
29. Boris Spassky (2,254)
30. Peter Leko (2,237)
31. Efim Geller (2,237)
32. Sergei Movsesian (2,225)
33. David Bronstein (2,179)
34. Alexander Grischuk (2,175)
35. Veselin Topalov (2,164)
36. Oleg Romanishin (2,101)
37. Lubomir Ftacnik (2,083)
38. Artur Yusupov (2,080)
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. Paul Morphy (35.56%)
4. Igor Nikolayev (30.36%)
5. Ignatz von Kolisch (29.38%)
6. Cecil Valentine De Vere (29.17%)
7. John Cochrane (27.12%)
8. Marc Esserman (25.50%)
9. Nezhmetdinov (24.20%)
10. Marco Albano (24.19%)
11. Rudolf Rezso Charousek (24.04%)
12. Johannes Zukertort (23.90%)
13. Adolf Anderssen (23.74%)
14. Gustav Richard Neumann (22.73%)
15. Tibor Weinberger (21.51%)
16. Wilhelm Steinitz (21.46%)
17. Von Der Lasa (21.17%)
18. K Richter (20.55%)
19. Emory Tate (20.43%)
20. John A Curdo (20.24%)
21. Georges Koltanowski (20.16%)
22. Erik Andrew Kislik (20.14%)
23. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.84%)
24. Mikhail Golubev (18.88%)
25. Adam Tukhaev (18.62%)
26. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (18.04%)
27. Bator Sambuev (17.86%)
28. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.63%)
29. Howard Staunton (17.61%)
30. Timur Gareyev (16.87%)
31. Ray Robson (16.79%)
32. Gerard Welling (16.79%)
33. Mikhail Chigorin (16.79%)
34. Valentina Gunina (16.61%)
35. Eric Schiller (16.53%)
36. Daniel Harrwitz (16.46%)
37. Danny Kopec (16.40%)
38. Alexander Alekhine (16.31%)
39. Alan Pichot (16.30%)
40. Oldrich Duras (16.28%)
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 (13,926)
  2. B06 - Robatsch (12,244)
  3. A07 - King's Indian Attack (11,938)
  4. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (10,832)
  5. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (10,351)
  6. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,513)
  7. A15 - English (9,226)
  8. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (8,755)
  9. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (8,231)
  10. B01 - Scandinavian (8,020)
  11. B40 - Sicilian (7,951)
  12. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (7,108)
  13. B30 - Sicilian (7,000)
  14. B32 - Sicilian (6,662)
  15. D37 - Queen's Gambit Declined (6,427)
  16. B23 - Sicilian, Closed (6,420)
  17. C42 - Petrov Defense (6,354)
  18. B07 - Pirc (6,318)
  19. C45 - Scotch Game (6,281)
  20. A00 - Uncommon Opening (6,276)

* What are the most common endings?

1. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (14,024)
2. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (12,731)
3. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙ (12,511)
4. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (8,036)
5. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙♙ (7,851)
6. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (6,589)
7. ♖♙ vs ♖ (5,209)
8. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (4,329)
9. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙ (4,303)
10. ♖♙♙ vs ♖ (3,963)
11. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (3,957)
12. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙♙ (3,725)
13. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (3,693)
14. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (3,593)
15. ♖♙ vs ♖♙ (3,367)
16. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙♙ (3,154)
17. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙ (3,008)
18. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (2,975)
19. ♕♙♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙♙ (2,722)
20. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙♙ (2,668)
21. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (2,436)
22. ♖♙♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (2,351)
23. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,312)
24. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,256)
25. ♕♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙ (2,140)
26. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (2,054)
27. ♖♗♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,042)
28. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (2,025)
29. ♘♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙ (2,003)
30. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (1,958)

* Which chessgames.com users have kibitzed the most?

1. Jim Bartle (49,965)
2. HeMateMe (47,737)
3. WannaBe (39,866)
4. jessicafischerqueen (38,961)
5. OhioChessFan (36,075)
6. whiteshark (34,254)
7. chancho (34,250)
8. Domdaniel (29,190)
9. acirce (27,698)
10. cormier (26,598)
11. TheFocus (26,138)
12. wordfunph (25,863)
13. Travis Bickle (25,232)
14. perfidious (25,155)
15. Marmot PFL (23,403)
16. notyetagm (23,303)
17. percyblakeney (23,192)
18. Abdel Irada (22,028)
19. keypusher (21,394)
20. Ulhumbrus (21,311)
21. Shams (21,015)
22. Open Defence (20,770)
23. al wazir (20,314)
24. harrylime (19,582)
25. Eyal (18,870)
26. brankat (18,749)
27. technical draw (18,276)
28. diceman (18,208)
29. twinlark (18,021)
30. achieve (17,973)
31. Tabanus (17,734)
32. YouRang (17,416)
33. FSR (17,245)
34. Colonel Mortimer (17,039)
35. Phony Benoni (16,945)
36. SugarDom (16,706)
37. RookFile (16,523)
38. Big Pawn (16,236)
39. frogbert (16,189)
40. patzer2 (15,876)

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

  1. Kenneth S Rogoff (278,396)
  2. Kibitzer's Café (204,620)
  3. Wesley So (200,485)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (78,697)
  5. Robert James Fischer (54,053)
  6. The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (44,596)
  7. Vladimir Kramnik (40,052)
  8. Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (29,163)
  9. Jeremy Lim (28,841)
  10. The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (26,716)
  11. The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (26,653)
  12. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  13. Hikaru Nakamura (21,664)
  14. The World vs Akobian, 2012 (21,231)
  15. Y Shulman vs The World, 2007 (20,940)
  16. Odd Lie (19,758)
  17. Viswanathan Anand (19,078)
  18. Garry Kasparov (18,985)
  19. The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (17,687)
  20. Veselin Topalov (17,545)
  21. Biographer Bistro (16,414)
  22. S Williams vs The World, 2013 (14,965)
  23. Eugenio Torre (14,200)
  24. M Umansky vs The World, 2009 (12,340)
  25. World Championship Candidates (2013) (12,087)
  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 (10,520)
  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 1152 times, par: 34)
  2. Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 (given 489 times, par: 42)
  3. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 484 times, par: 16)
  4. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 427 times, par: 32)
  5. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 421 times, par: 19)
  6. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 394 times, par: 13)
  7. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 384 times, par: 33)
  8. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 351 times, par: 99)
  9. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 316 times, par: 5)
  10. Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (given 316 times, par: 60)
  11. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (given 315 times, par: 36)
  12. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 312 times, par: 41)
  13. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 304 times, par: 57)
  14. Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 (given 301 times, par: 11)
  15. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 290 times, par: 42)
  16. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 284 times, par: 25)
  17. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (given 255 times, par: 29)
  18. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 253 times, par: 13)
  19. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 252 times, par: 22)
  20. Morphy vs E Morphy, 1850 (given 251 times, par: 36)
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 (816)
  2. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (659)
  3. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (642)
  4. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (626)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (562)
  6. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (482)
  7. Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (461)
  8. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (419)
  9. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (400)
  10. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (386)
  11. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (366)
  12. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (365)
  13. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (359)
  14. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (354)
  15. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (352)
  16. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (352)
  17. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (347)
  18. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (346)
  19. Short vs Timman, 1991 (339)
  20. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (339)
  21. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (329)
  22. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (328)
  23. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (317)
  24. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (297)
  25. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (293)
  26. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (285)
  27. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (283)
  28. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (282)
  29. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (278)
  30. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (278)
  31. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (277)
  32. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (263)
  33. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 (258)
  34. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (256)
  35. Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (256)
  36. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (252)
  37. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (250)
  38. O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 (242)
  39. E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 (241)
  40. Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 (241)

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

  1. pgn4web (Default) (98.83%)
  2. Chess Viewer Deluxe II (0.36%)
  3. Chess Viewer Deluxe (0.28%)
  4. ChessTutor (0.25%)
  5. None (text only) (0.12%)
  6. MyChess (0.10%)
  7. Sjkbase (0.03%)
  8. MistyBeach (0.02%)


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