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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: 874,314
Years covered: 1475 to 2018 (544 years)

All time controls (874,314 games)
White wins 329,769 games (37.72%)
Black wins 245,219 games (28.05%)
299,312 games are drawn (34.23%)

Only classical time controls (793,863 games)
White wins 296,707 games (37.38%)
Black wins 219,589 games (27.66%)
277,557 games are drawn (34.96%)

Only non-classical time controls (80,451 games)
White wins 33,062 games (41.10%)
Black wins 25,630 games (31.86%)
21,755 games are drawn (27.04%)

Average # of moves per game: 40.78
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2190
# of games with annotation: 2,297 (0.26%)
# of games with kibitzing: 139,326 (15.94%)
# of kibitzes in total: 4,114,345

# of registered users: 240,705
# of users registered in last 30 days: 893 (0.37%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 10,522 (4.37%)

* 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. 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. Yu Yangyi (2760)
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 (3,701)
3. Anatoly Karpov (3,596)
4. Jan Timman (3,524)
5. Viswanathan Anand (3,330)
6. Svetozar Gligoric (3,154)
7. Alexey Shirov (3,065)
8. Vladimir Kramnik (2,961)
9. Boris Gelfand (2,887)
10. Magnus Carlsen (2,846)
11. Michael Adams (2,828)
12. Mikhail Tal (2,803)
13. Lajos Portisch (2,765)
14. Nigel Short (2,757)
15. Peter Svidler (2,704)
16. Loek van Wely (2,681)
17. Vlastimil Hort (2,650)
18. Vasily Smyslov (2,623)
19. Alexey Dreev (2,539)
20. Bent Larsen (2,528)
21. Borislav Ivkov (2,507)
22. Levon Aronian (2,496)
23. Anthony Miles (2,427)
24. Alexander Grischuk (2,413)
25. Alexander Beliavsky (2,406)
26. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov (2,398)
27. Garry Kasparov (2,386)
28. Ulf Andersson (2,332)
29. Sergei Mushegovic Movsesian (2,298)
30. Peter Leko (2,297)
31. Ratmir Kholmov (2,274)
32. Boris Spassky (2,262)
33. Efim Geller (2,239)
34. Veselin Topalov (2,203)
35. David Bronstein (2,179)
36. Sergey Karjakin (2,176)
37. Hikaru Nakamura (2,115)
38. Oleg Romanishin (2,113)
39. Artur Yusupov (2,112)
40. Lubomir Ftacnik (2,104)

* 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 (30.30%)
5. Ignatz von Kolisch (29.94%)
6. Cecil Valentine De Vere (29.17%)
7. John Cochrane (27.12%)
8. Nezhmetdinov (24.20%)
9. Marco Albano (24.19%)
10. Rudolf Rezso Charousek (24.04%)
11. Adolf Anderssen (23.77%)
12. Johannes Zukertort (23.63%)
13. Marc Esserman (23.03%)
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. John A Curdo (20.33%)
20. Emory Tate (20.32%)
21. Georges Koltanowski (20.16%)
22. Erik Andrew Kislik (20.14%)
23. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.80%)
24. M V Golubev (19.41%)
25. Adam Tukhaev (18.78%)
26. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (18.03%)
27. Howard Staunton (17.61%)
28. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.60%)
29. Bator Sambuev (17.59%)
30. Maxime Lagarde (16.85%)
31. Gerard Welling (16.77%)
32. Ray Robson (16.72%)
33. Mikhail Chigorin (16.63%)
34. Eric Schiller (16.53%)
35. Danny Kopec (16.47%)
36. Daniel Harrwitz (16.46%)
37. Stanislav Bogdanovich (16.40%)
38. Valentina Gunina (16.31%)
39. Alexander Alekhine (16.29%)
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. A07 - King's Indian Attack (19,054)
  2. A04 - Reti Opening (13,730)
  3. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (11,863)
  4. B06 - Robatsch (11,235)
  5. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (10,501)
  6. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (10,303)
  7. A15 - English (9,825)
  8. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,627)
  9. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,030)
  10. B01 - Scandinavian (8,312)
  11. B32 - Sicilian (7,908)
  12. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (7,645)
  13. B07 - Pirc (7,615)
  14. B30 - Sicilian (7,551)
  15. A00 - Uncommon Opening (7,232)
  16. C45 - Scotch Game (7,181)
  17. B40 - Sicilian (6,926)
  18. C42 - Petrov Defense (6,586)
  19. E11 - Bogo-Indian Defense (6,473)
  20. D45 - Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (6,453)

* What are the most common endings?

1. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (14,714)
2. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (13,343)
3. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙ (13,155)
4. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (8,420)
5. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙♙ (8,232)
6. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (6,924)
7. ♖♙ vs ♖ (5,527)
8. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (4,550)
9. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙ (4,523)
10. ♖♙♙ vs ♖ (4,205)
11. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (4,174)
12. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (3,902)
13. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙♙ (3,883)
14. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (3,775)
15. ♖♙ vs ♖♙ (3,566)
16. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙♙ (3,306)
17. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙ (3,180)
18. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (3,137)
19. ♕♙♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙♙ (2,846)
20. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙♙ (2,797)
21. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (2,547)
22. ♖♙♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (2,458)
23. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,429)
24. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,368)
25. ♕♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙ (2,242)
26. ♖♗♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,148)
27. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (2,138)
28. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (2,114)
29. ♘♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙ (2,087)
30. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (2,043)

* Which chessgames.com users have kibitzed the most?

1. HeMateMe (52,455)
2. Jim Bartle (49,966)
3. WannaBe (42,485)
4. jessicafischerqueen (39,420)
5. OhioChessFan (37,607)
6. whiteshark (35,273)
7. chancho (35,138)
8. Domdaniel (30,437)
9. cormier (29,901)
10. acirce (27,700)
11. Travis Bickle (27,483)
12. TheFocus (26,970)
13. perfidious (26,549)
14. wordfunph (26,285)
15. Marmot PFL (25,069)
16. saffuna (24,814)
17. harrylime (23,789)
18. notyetagm (23,373)
19. percyblakeney (23,192)
20. keypusher (22,454)
21. al wazir (22,089)
22. Abdel Irada (22,028)
23. Ulhumbrus (21,942)
24. Shams (21,014)
25. Big Pawn (20,921)
26. Open Defence (20,769)
27. diceman (20,363)
28. technical draw (19,127)
29. Colonel Mortimer (19,082)
30. Eyal (18,873)
31. brankat (18,783)
32. Tabanus (18,543)
33. Bobsterman3000 (18,521)
34. zanzibar (18,489)
35. FSR (18,360)
36. twinlark (18,201)
37. achieve (17,973)
38. YouRang (17,808)
39. SugarDom (17,516)
40. Phony Benoni (17,328)

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

  1. Kenneth S Rogoff (319,036)
  2. Kibitzer's Café (222,200)
  3. Wesley So (204,861)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (79,477)
  5. Robert James Fischer (54,603)
  6. The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (44,596)
  7. Vladimir Kramnik (39,989)
  8. Jeremy Lim (33,681)
  9. Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (29,030)
  10. The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (26,716)
  11. The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (26,654)
  12. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  13. Hikaru Nakamura (21,429)
  14. The World vs Akobian, 2012 (21,233)
  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 (17,719)
  20. The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (17,690)
  21. Veselin Topalov (17,487)
  22. S Williams vs The World, 2013 (14,967)
  23. Eugenio Torre (14,334)
  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 (10,395)
  30. Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010) (10,101)
  31. Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) (9,771)
  32. Raymond Keene (9,738)
  33. Corus (2007) (9,159)
  34. FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) (8,411)
  35. Akobian vs The World, 2011 (8,266)
  36. Louis Stumpers (7,953)
  37. Corus (2008) (7,653)
  38. Linares - Morelia (2007) (7,174)
  39. Paul Morphy (6,815)
  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 1159 times, par: 34)
  2. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 498 times, par: 16)
  3. Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 (given 491 times, par: 42)
  4. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 438 times, par: 19)
  5. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 435 times, par: 32)
  6. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 426 times, par: 13)
  7. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 412 times, par: 33)
  8. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 368 times, par: 98)
  9. Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 (given 366 times, par: 11)
  10. Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (given 357 times, par: 60)
  11. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (given 335 times, par: 36)
  12. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 330 times, par: 41)
  13. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 316 times, par: 5)
  14. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 308 times, par: 57)
  15. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 297 times, par: 43)
  16. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 286 times, par: 25)
  17. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 271 times, par: 22)
  18. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (given 268 times, par: 30)
  19. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 265 times, par: 12)
  20. Morphy vs E Morphy, 1850 (given 263 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 (862)
  2. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (693)
  3. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (688)
  4. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (667)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (595)
  6. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (522)
  7. Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (498)
  8. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (451)
  9. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (432)
  10. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (416)
  11. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (395)
  12. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (394)
  13. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (384)
  14. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (383)
  15. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (376)
  16. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (375)
  17. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (374)
  18. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (370)
  19. Short vs Timman, 1991 (365)
  20. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (364)
  21. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (355)
  22. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (344)
  23. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (341)
  24. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (325)
  25. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (320)
  26. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (311)
  27. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (309)
  28. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (309)
  29. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (307)
  30. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (299)
  31. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (297)
  32. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (281)
  33. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (279)
  34. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (279)
  35. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (277)
  36. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 (275)
  37. Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (273)
  38. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (271)
  39. O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 (268)
  40. E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 (265)
Also see our Notable Games for games broke down by year, decade, and century.


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