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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: 891,169
Years covered: 1475 to 2018 (544 years)

All time controls (891,169 games)
White wins 336,345 games (37.74%)
Black wins 250,605 games (28.12%)
304,195 games are drawn (34.13%)

Only classical time controls (810,089 games)
White wins 303,077 games (37.41%)
Black wins 224,821 games (27.75%)
282,171 games are drawn (34.83%)

Only non-classical time controls (81,080 games)
White wins 33,268 games (41.03%)
Black wins 25,784 games (31.80%)
22,024 games are drawn (27.16%)

Average # of moves per game: 40.85
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2190
# of games with annotation: 2,313 (0.26%)
# of games with kibitzing: 141,935 (15.93%)
# of kibitzes in total: 4,201,356

# of registered users: 251,404
# of users registered in last 30 days: 3,270 (1.30%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 14,925 (5.94%)

* 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. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2814)
11. Hikaru Nakamura (2814)
12. Ding Liren (2797)
13. Alexander Grischuk (2797)
14. Anish Giri (2793)
15. Teimour Radjabov (2793)
16. Sergey Karjakin (2788)
17. Alexander Morozevich (2788)
18. Vassily Ivanchuk (2787)
19. Robert James Fischer (2785)
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. Yu Yangyi (2762)
31. Vugar Gashimov (2761)
32. Michael Adams (2761)
33. Dmitry Jakovenko (2760)
34. Evgeny Tomashevsky (2758)
35. Li Chao (2757)
36. Wang Yue (2756)
37. Alexey Shirov (2755)
38. Wei Yi (2753)
39. Richard Rapport (2752)
40. Wang Hao (2752)

* What players have the most games in the database?

1. Viktor Korchnoi (4,416)
2. Vassily Ivanchuk (3,721)
3. Anatoly Karpov (3,603)
4. Jan Timman (3,524)
5. Viswanathan Anand (3,472)
6. Svetozar Gligoric (3,154)
7. Alexey Shirov (3,074)
8. Vladimir Kramnik (3,012)
9. Boris Gelfand (2,923)
10. Magnus Carlsen (2,912)
11. Michael Adams (2,858)
12. Mikhail Tal (2,803)
13. Nigel Short (2,766)
14. Lajos Portisch (2,765)
15. Peter Svidler (2,729)
16. Loek van Wely (2,708)
17. Vlastimil Hort (2,650)
18. Levon Aronian (2,640)
19. Vasily Smyslov (2,624)
20. Alexey Dreev (2,548)
21. Alexander Grischuk (2,529)
22. Bent Larsen (2,529)
23. Borislav Ivkov (2,507)
24. Anthony Miles (2,431)
25. Alexander Beliavsky (2,409)
26. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov (2,398)
27. Garry Kasparov (2,386)
28. Ulf Andersson (2,339)
29. Sergey Karjakin (2,327)
30. Peter Leko (2,320)
31. Sergei Movsesian (2,298)
32. Ratmir Kholmov (2,276)
33. Boris Spassky (2,261)
34. Hikaru Nakamura (2,259)
35. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2,256)
36. Efim Geller (2,228)
37. Veselin Topalov (2,203)
38. David Bronstein (2,179)
39. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2,173)
40. Oleg Romanishin (2,113)

* Which players most often make winning sacrifices?

1. Gioachino Greco (58.23%)
2. Emil Joseph Diemer (41.83%)
3. Paul Morphy (35.42%)
4. Igor Nikolayev (30.30%)
5. Ignatz von Kolisch (29.94%)
6. Cecil Valentine De Vere (29.17%)
7. John Cochrane (27.12%)
8. Olga Vasiliev (24.60%)
9. Marco Albano (24.19%)
10. Rudolf Rezso Charousek (24.04%)
11. Nezhmetdinov (23.90%)
12. Adolf Anderssen (23.83%)
13. Johannes Zukertort (23.63%)
14. Marc Esserman (23.03%)
15. Gustav Richard Neumann (22.73%)
16. Tibor Weinberger (21.57%)
17. Wilhelm Steinitz (21.44%)
18. Von Der Lasa (21.17%)
19. K Richter (20.55%)
20. John A Curdo (20.33%)
21. Emory Tate (20.32%)
22. Georges Koltanowski (20.16%)
23. Erik Andrew Kislik (20.14%)
24. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.46%)
25. M V Golubev (19.41%)
26. Adam Tukhaev (18.78%)
27. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (17.89%)
28. Howard Staunton (17.61%)
29. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.60%)
30. Bator Sambuev (17.59%)
31. Maxime Lagarde (16.91%)
32. Gerard Welling (16.77%)
33. Oldrich Duras (16.70%)
34. Ray Robson (16.58%)
35. Eric Schiller (16.53%)
36. Mikhail Chigorin (16.48%)
37. Danny Kopec (16.47%)
38. Stanislav Bogdanovich (16.40%)
39. Timur Gareyev (16.28%)
40. Tigran Kotanjian (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. A07 - King's Indian Attack (19,481)
  2. A04 - Reti Opening (14,012)
  3. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (12,329)
  4. B06 - Robatsch (11,466)
  5. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (10,668)
  6. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (10,543)
  7. A15 - English (10,013)
  8. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,827)
  9. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,331)
  10. B01 - Scandinavian (8,505)
  11. B32 - Sicilian (8,077)
  12. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (7,867)
  13. B07 - Pirc (7,762)
  14. B30 - Sicilian (7,694)
  15. A00 - Uncommon Opening (7,393)
  16. C45 - Scotch Game (7,318)
  17. B40 - Sicilian (7,061)
  18. C42 - Petrov Defense (6,656)
  19. E11 - Bogo-Indian Defense (6,592)
  20. D45 - Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (6,532)

* 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 (56,973)
2. Jim Bartle (49,966)
3. WannaBe (43,298)
4. jessicafischerqueen (40,606)
5. OhioChessFan (39,116)
6. whiteshark (35,885)
7. chancho (35,503)
8. cormier (32,094)
9. Domdaniel (30,453)
10. saffuna (29,829)
11. Travis Bickle (28,788)
12. acirce (27,704)
13. TheFocus (27,567)
14. perfidious (27,410)
15. wordfunph (26,637)
16. harrylime (25,934)
17. Marmot PFL (25,749)
18. Big Pawn (23,398)
19. notyetagm (23,384)
20. al wazir (23,355)
21. percyblakeney (23,192)
22. keypusher (22,911)
23. Ulhumbrus (22,273)
24. Abdel Irada (22,028)
25. Bobsterman3000 (21,984)
26. diceman (21,698)
27. Shams (21,014)
28. Open Defence (20,769)
29. zanzibar (20,225)
30. Colonel Mortimer (19,764)
31. technical draw (19,470)
32. Tabanus (19,181)
33. Eyal (18,873)
34. brankat (18,786)
35. FSR (18,572)
36. SugarDom (18,442)
37. twinlark (18,229)
38. achieve (17,974)
39. YouRang (17,843)
40. offramp (17,703)

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

  1. Kenneth S Rogoff (343,298)
  2. Kibitzer's Café (234,216)
  3. Wesley So (207,491)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (79,676)
  5. Robert James Fischer (54,704)
  6. The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (44,597)
  7. Vladimir Kramnik (39,989)
  8. Jeremy Lim (37,253)
  9. Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (29,030)
  10. The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (26,711)
  11. The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (26,655)
  12. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  13. Hikaru Nakamura (21,429)
  14. The World vs Akobian, 2012 (21,218)
  15. Y Shulman vs The World, 2007 (20,940)
  16. Odd Lie (19,199)
  17. Viswanathan Anand (18,999)
  18. Garry Kasparov (18,646)
  19. Biographer Bistro (18,502)
  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 (14,522)
  24. M Umansky vs The World, 2009 (12,340)
  25. World Championship Candidates (2013) (12,085)
  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 (10,395)
  30. Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010) (10,101)
  31. Raymond Keene (9,781)
  32. Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) (9,769)
  33. Corus (2007) (9,159)
  34. FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) (8,411)
  35. Louis Stumpers (8,304)
  36. Akobian vs The World, 2011 (8,262)
  37. Corus (2008) (7,653)
  38. Morelia-Linares (2007) (7,174)
  39. Paul Morphy (6,831)
  40. Team White vs Team Black, 2015 (6,782)

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

  1. P Troeger vs Tal, 1960 (given 1238 times, par: 34)
  2. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 517 times, par: 16)
  3. Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 (given 491 times, par: 42)
  4. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 453 times, par: 19)
  5. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 442 times, par: 13)
  6. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 435 times, par: 32)
  7. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 424 times, par: 33)
  8. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 380 times, par: 98)
  9. Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 (given 372 times, par: 10)
  10. Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (given 360 times, par: 60)
  11. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (given 340 times, par: 35)
  12. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 340 times, par: 41)
  13. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 316 times, par: 5)
  14. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 310 times, par: 57)
  15. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 303 times, par: 42)
  16. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 296 times, par: 25)
  17. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 281 times, par: 22)
  18. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 278 times, par: 12)
  19. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (given 273 times, par: 30)
  20. Morphy vs E Morphy, 1850 (given 270 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 (872)
  2. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (711)
  3. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (711)
  4. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (676)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (611)
  6. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (534)
  7. Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (516)
  8. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (460)
  9. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (449)
  10. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (430)
  11. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (421)
  12. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (405)
  13. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (405)
  14. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (395)
  15. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (390)
  16. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (389)
  17. Short vs Timman, 1991 (380)
  18. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (378)
  19. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (378)
  20. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (377)
  21. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (371)
  22. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (353)
  23. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (344)
  24. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (340)
  25. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (335)
  26. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (328)
  27. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (325)
  28. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (322)
  29. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (318)
  30. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (313)
  31. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (306)
  32. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (301)
  33. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (296)
  34. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (294)
  35. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (290)
  36. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (284)
  37. O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 (283)
  38. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 (280)
  39. Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (278)
  40. E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 (268)
Also see our Notable Games for games broke down by year, decade, and century.


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