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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: 738,742
Years covered: 1475 to 2014 (540 years)

White wins 276,995 games (37.50%)
Black wins 203,828 games (27.59%)
257,905 games are drawn (34.91%)

Average # of moves per game: 40.28
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2196
# of games with annotation: 2,159 (0.29%)
# of games with kibitzing: 115,843 (15.68%)
# of kibitzes in total: 3,390,435

# of registered users: 209,373
# of users registered in last 30 days: 989 (0.47%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 13,979 (6.68%)

* 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. Viswanathan Anand (2817)
6. Veselin Topalov (2813)
7. Vladimir Kramnik (2811)
8. Alexander Grischuk (2797)
9. Teimour Radjabov (2793)
10. Hikaru Nakamura (2789)
11. Sergey Karjakin (2788)
12. Alexander Morozevich (2788)
13. Vassily Ivanchuk (2787)
14. Robert James Fischer (2785)
15. Anatoly Karpov (2780)
16. Boris Gelfand (2777)
17. Anish Giri (2776)
18. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2775)
19. Peter Svidler (2769)
20. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2768)
21. Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768)
22. Ruslan Ponomariov (2768)
23. Gata Kamsky (2763)
24. Peter Leko (2763)
25. Wesley So (2762)
26. Vugar Gashimov (2761)
27. Michael Adams (2761)
28. Dmitry Jakovenko (2760)
29. Wang Yue (2756)
30. Pavel Eljanov (2755)
31. Alexey Shirov (2755)
32. Wang Hao (2752)
33. Sergei Movsesian (2751)
34. Etienne Bacrot (2749)
35. Nikita Vitiugov (2747)
36. Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2744)
37. Ding Liren (2742)
38. Evgeny Tomashevsky (2740)
39. Evgeny Bareev (2739)
40. Arkadij Naiditsch (2737)

* What players have the most games in the database?

1. Viktor Korchnoi (4,459)
2. Anatoly Karpov (3,560)
3. Jan Timman (3,501)
4. Vassily Ivanchuk (3,290)
5. Svetozar Gligoric (3,144)
6. Mikhail Tal (2,839)
7. Viswanathan Anand (2,828)
8. Alexey Shirov (2,778)
9. Lajos Portisch (2,774)
10. Vlastimil Hort (2,661)
11. Vasily Smyslov (2,644)
12. Boris Gelfand (2,585)
13. Michael Adams (2,562)
14. Vladimir Kramnik (2,558)
15. Bent Larsen (2,531)
16. Borislav Ivkov (2,511)
17. Nigel Short (2,492)
18. Loek van Wely (2,467)
19. Anthony Miles (2,449)
20. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov (2,401)
21. Garry Kasparov (2,352)
22. Ulf Andersson (2,311)
23. Boris Spassky (2,288)
24. Ratmir Kholmov (2,278)
25. Alexander Beliavsky (2,256)
26. Efim Geller (2,252)
27. Peter Svidler (2,246)
28. Alexey Dreev (2,230)
29. David Bronstein (2,178)
30. Oleg Romanishin (2,082)
31. Paul Keres (2,065)
32. Artur Yusupov (2,051)
33. Mark Taimanov (2,046)
34. Lubomir Ftacnik (2,038)
35. Peter Leko (2,033)
36. Vlastimil Jansa (1,990)
37. Ljubomir Ljubojevic (1,987)
38. Sergei Movsesian (1,961)
39. Lev Polugaevsky (1,955)
40. Alexander Alekhine (1,953)

* Which players most often make winning sacrifices?

1. Gioachino Greco (58.23%)
2. Emil Joseph Diemer (41.83%)
3. Serafino Dubois (37.14%)
4. Paul Morphy (35.55%)
5. Marc Esserman (29.89%)
6. Ignatz von Kolisch (28.57%)
7. Cecil Valentine De Vere (28.12%)
8. Rybka (Computer) (27.37%)
9. Igor Nikolayev (27.27%)
10. John Cochrane (27.12%)
11. Johannes Zukertort (24.63%)
12. Marco Albano (24.19%)
13. Rudolf Rezso Charousek (23.91%)
14. Nezhmetdinov (23.85%)
15. Adolf Anderssen (23.62%)
16. La Bourdonnais (23.00%)
17. Gustav Richard Neumann (22.54%)
18. Von Der Lasa (22.30%)
19. Wilhelm Steinitz (21.56%)
20. Tibor Weinberger (21.43%)
21. John A Curdo (20.57%)
22. Georges Koltanowski (20.32%)
23. Emory Tate (20.22%)
24. Erik Andrew Kislik (20.14%)
25. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.63%)
26. K Richter (19.01%)
27. Mikael Helin (18.12%)
28. Mikhail Golubev (18.11%)
29. Howard Staunton (17.85%)
30. Ray Robson (17.66%)
31. Carlos Torre Repetto (17.61%)
32. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.46%)
33. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (17.23%)
34. Enrico M Sevillano (17.19%)
35. Joanna Majdan-Gajewska (17.09%)
36. Jan-Krzysztof Duda (17.07%)
37. Gerard Welling (17.07%)
38. Richard Forster (17.04%)
39. Mikhail Chigorin (16.95%)
40. Stephen John Solomon (16.87%)
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 (11,887)
  2. B06 - Robatsch (10,786)
  3. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (9,715)
  4. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (8,910)
  5. A07 - King's Indian Attack (8,705)
  6. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (8,151)
  7. A15 - English (8,031)
  8. B40 - Sicilian (7,129)
  9. B01 - Scandinavian (6,941)
  10. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (6,897)
  11. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (6,816)
  12. B30 - Sicilian (6,132)
  13. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (6,045)
  14. B23 - Sicilian, Closed (5,833)
  15. B32 - Sicilian (5,814)
  16. A00 - Uncommon Opening (5,700)
  17. C42 - Petrov Defense (5,686)
  18. E12 - Queen's Indian (5,675)
  19. E15 - Queen's Indian (5,576)
  20. B33 - Sicilian (5,514)

* What are the most common endings?

1. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (11,785)
2. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (10,727)
3. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙ (10,471)
4. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (6,703)
5. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙♙ (6,604)
6. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (5,458)
7. ♖♙ vs ♖ (4,192)
8. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (3,660)
9. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙ (3,581)
10. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (3,318)
11. ♖♙♙ vs ♖ (3,235)
12. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙♙ (3,149)
13. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (3,101)
14. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (3,017)
15. ♖♙ vs ♖♙ (2,749)
16. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙♙ (2,637)
17. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (2,504)
18. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙ (2,496)
19. ♕♙♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙♙ (2,276)
20. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙♙ (2,237)
21. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (2,062)
22. ♖♙♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (1,972)
23. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (1,956)
24. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (1,882)
25. ♕♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙ (1,795)
26. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (1,747)
27. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (1,738)
28. ♖♗♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (1,712)
29. ♘♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙ (1,691)
30. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (1,652)

* Which chessgames.com users have kibitzed the most?

1. Jim Bartle (38,210)
2. jessicafischerqueen (36,595)
3. whiteshark (30,428)
4. chancho (29,286)
5. WannaBe (28,932)
6. OhioChessFan (28,909)
7. HeMateMe (27,912)
8. acirce (27,692)
9. Domdaniel (25,702)
10. wordfunph (23,887)
11. percyblakeney (23,196)
12. notyetagm (22,600)
13. Open Defence (20,364)
14. Marmot PFL (20,039)
15. Ulhumbrus (19,493)
16. Travis Bickle (19,492)
17. brankat (18,538)
18. Eyal (18,412)
19. Shams (18,162)
20. achieve (17,747)
21. cormier (16,744)
22. twinlark (16,651)
23. technical draw (16,430)
24. keypusher (16,415)
25. perfidious (15,995)
26. frogbert (15,938)
27. Tabanus (15,680)
28. YouRang (15,617)
29. FSR (15,247)
30. SugarDom (15,065)
31. LIFE Master AJ (14,797)
32. RookFile (14,711)
33. Phony Benoni (14,633)
34. TheFocus (13,901)
35. al wazir (13,887)
36. ughaibu (13,628)
37. patzer2 (13,252)
38. Sneaky (12,980)
39. chessmoron (12,779)
40. Abdel Irada (12,756)

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

  1. Wesley So (165,019)
  2. Kenneth Rogoff (163,863)
  3. Kibitzer's Café (139,821)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (76,039)
  5. Robert James Fischer (50,080)
  6. The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (44,579)
  7. Vladimir Kramnik (39,841)
  8. Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (29,040)
  9. The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (26,685)
  10. The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (26,646)
  11. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  12. The World vs Akobian, 2012 (21,223)
  13. Y Shulman vs The World, 2007 (20,940)
  14. Hikaru Nakamura (20,626)
  15. Viswanathan Anand (18,739)
  16. Garry Kasparov (18,332)
  17. Odd Lie (17,280)
  18. Veselin Topalov (17,269)
  19. The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (16,960)
  20. S Williams vs The World, 2013 (14,960)
  21. M Umansky vs The World, 2009 (12,339)
  22. World Championship Candidates (2013) (12,088)
  23. Eugenio Torre (12,031)
  24. FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007) (11,915)
  25. Battle of the Brains II, 2008 (11,499)
  26. Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) (11,067)
  27. Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010) (10,121)
  28. Nigel Short (10,090)
  29. Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) (9,771)
  30. Raymond Keene (9,590)

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

  1. P Troeger vs Tal, 1960 (given 967 times, par: 35)
  2. Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 (given 476 times, par: 42)
  3. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 406 times, par: 16)
  4. Morphy vs J McConnell, 1849 (given 356 times, par: 45)
  5. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 354 times, par: 19)
  6. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 353 times, par: 32)
  7. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 312 times, par: 5)
  8. Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (given 305 times, par: 60)
  9. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 299 times, par: 12)
  10. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 285 times, par: 40)
  11. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 279 times, par: 99)
  12. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 269 times, par: 32)
  13. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (given 267 times, par: 37)
  14. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 244 times, par: 25)
  15. Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 (given 235 times, par: 125)
  16. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 233 times, par: 59)
  17. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 231 times, par: 44)
  18. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (given 230 times, par: 29)
  19. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 218 times, par: 13)
  20. Philidor vs NN, 1749 (given 214 times, par: 64)
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 (704)
  2. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (579)
  3. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (533)
  4. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (518)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (474)
  6. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (396)
  7. R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (374)
  8. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (341)
  9. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (308)
  10. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (293)
  11. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (289)
  12. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (289)
  13. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (287)
  14. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (276)
  15. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (276)
  16. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (274)
  17. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (271)
  18. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (269)
  19. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (267)
  20. Short vs Timman, 1991 (263)
  21. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (261)
  22. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (261)
  23. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (258)
  24. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (230)
  25. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (224)
  26. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (219)
  27. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (219)
  28. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (214)
  29. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (212)
  30. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (212)
  31. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 (209)
  32. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (204)
  33. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (203)
  34. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (201)
  35. Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (201)
  36. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (200)
  37. Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 (194)
  38. Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 (193)
  39. Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 (180)
  40. Fischer vs Fine, 1963 (174)

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

  1. pgn4web (Default) (98.99%)
  2. Chess Viewer Deluxe II (0.45%)
  3. Chess Viewer Deluxe (0.27%)
  4. MyChess (0.10%)
  5. None (text only) (0.10%)
  6. ChessTutor (0.07%)
  7. Sjkbase (0.01%)
  8. MistyBeach (0.01%)


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