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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: 908,340
Years covered: 1475 to 2019 (545 years)

All time controls (908,340 games)
White wins 342,825 games (37.74%)
Black wins 255,436 games (28.12%)
310,055 games are drawn (34.13%)

Only classical time controls (820,138 games)
White wins 306,877 games (37.42%)
Black wins 227,499 games (27.74%)
285,743 games are drawn (34.84%)

Only non-classical time controls (88,202 games)
White wins 35,948 games (40.76%)
Black wins 27,937 games (31.67%)
24,312 games are drawn (27.56%)

Average # of moves per game: 40.93
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2190
# of games with annotation: 2,447 (0.27%)
# of games with kibitzing: 144,735 (15.93%)
# of kibitzes in total: 4,283,064

# of registered users: 267,039
# of users registered in last 30 days: 2,770 (1.04%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 14,049 (5.26%)

* 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. OUTCAST (2850)
4. Fabiano Caruana (2844)
5. Levon Aronian (2830)
6. Wesley So (2822)
7. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2819)
8. Vladimir Kramnik (2817)
9. Viswanathan Anand (2817)
10. Veselin Topalov (2816)
11. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2814)
12. Hikaru Nakamura (2814)
13. Ding Liren (2797)
14. Alexander Grischuk (2797)
15. Anish Giri (2793)
16. Teimour Radjabov (2793)
17. Sergey Karjakin (2788)
18. Alexander Morozevich (2788)
19. Vassily Ivanchuk (2787)
20. Robert James Fischer (2785)
21. Anatoly Karpov (2780)
22. Boris Gelfand (2777)
23. Peter Svidler (2769)
24. Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768)
25. Ruslan Ponomariov (2768)
26. Ian Nepomniachtchi (2767)
27. Pentala Harikrishna (2766)
28. Pavel Eljanov (2765)
29. Gata Kamsky (2763)
30. Peter Leko (2763)
31. Yu Yangyi (2762)
32. Vugar Gashimov (2761)
33. Michael Adams (2761)
34. Dmitry Jakovenko (2760)
35. Evgeny Tomashevsky (2758)
36. Li Chao (2757)
37. Wang Yue (2756)
38. Alexey Shirov (2755)
39. Wei Yi (2753)
40. Richard Rapport (2752)

* What players have the most games in the database?

1. Viktor Korchnoi (4,417)
2. Vassily Ivanchuk (3,740)
3. Anatoly Karpov (3,608)
4. Viswanathan Anand (3,537)
5. Jan Timman (3,528)
6. Svetozar Gligoric (3,154)
7. Alexey Shirov (3,123)
8. Vladimir Kramnik (3,026)
9. Magnus Carlsen (2,985)
10. Boris Gelfand (2,981)
11. Michael Adams (2,882)
12. Mikhail Tal (2,802)
13. Nigel Short (2,789)
14. Peter Svidler (2,776)
15. Lajos Portisch (2,765)
16. Loek van Wely (2,727)
17. Levon Aronian (2,722)
18. Vlastimil Hort (2,652)
19. Vasily Smyslov (2,625)
20. Alexey Dreev (2,594)
21. Alexander Grischuk (2,582)
22. Bent Larsen (2,537)
23. Borislav Ivkov (2,535)
24. Anthony Miles (2,431)
25. Alexander Beliavsky (2,421)
26. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov (2,398)
27. Garry Kasparov (2,385)
28. Hikaru Nakamura (2,384)
29. Sergey Karjakin (2,379)
30. Ulf Andersson (2,344)
31. Peter Leko (2,327)
32. Sergei Movsesian (2,315)
33. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2,313)
34. Ratmir Kholmov (2,276)
35. Boris Spassky (2,270)
36. Veselin Topalov (2,250)
37. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2,234)
38. Efim Geller (2,228)
39. David Bronstein (2,186)
40. Oleg Romanishin (2,115)

* 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 (31.50%)
5. Ignatz von Kolisch (30.36%)
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 (23.80%)
13. Johannes Zukertort (23.74%)
14. Marc Esserman (22.81%)
15. Gustav Richard Neumann (22.73%)
16. Tibor Weinberger (21.57%)
17. Wilhelm Steinitz (21.36%)
18. Von Der Lasa (21.17%)
19. K Richter (20.47%)
20. Emory Tate (20.32%)
21. Georges Koltanowski (20.30%)
22. Erik Andrew Kislik (20.14%)
23. M V Golubev (19.39%)
24. John A Curdo (19.31%)
25. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.20%)
26. Adam Tukhaev (18.03%)
27. Howard Staunton (17.61%)
28. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.60%)
29. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (17.53%)
30. Bator Sambuev (17.53%)
31. Stanislav Bogdanovich (17.17%)
32. Maxime Lagarde (17.11%)
33. Oldrich Duras (16.70%)
34. Gerard Welling (16.62%)
35. Eric Schiller (16.53%)
36. Danny Kopec (16.47%)
37. Mikhail Chigorin (16.31%)
38. Timur Gareyev (16.29%)
39. Tigran Kotanjian (16.28%)
40. Alexander Alekhine (16.23%)
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 (19,924)
  2. A04 - Reti Opening (14,348)
  3. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (12,704)
  4. B06 - Robatsch (11,670)
  5. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (11,000)
  6. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (10,783)
  7. A15 - English (10,229)
  8. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,977)
  9. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,634)
  10. B01 - Scandinavian (8,622)
  11. B32 - Sicilian (8,195)
  12. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (8,122)
  13. B07 - Pirc (7,915)
  14. B30 - Sicilian (7,798)
  15. A00 - Uncommon Opening (7,523)
  16. C45 - Scotch Game (7,463)
  17. B40 - Sicilian (7,171)
  18. C42 - Petrov Defense (6,818)
  19. A13 - English (6,700)
  20. E11 - Bogo-Indian Defense (6,690)

* 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 (61,477)
2. Jim Bartle (49,967)
3. WannaBe (43,742)
4. jessicafischerqueen (40,903)
5. OhioChessFan (40,114)
6. whiteshark (36,569)
7. chancho (35,791)
8. saffuna (35,432)
9. cormier (33,410)
10. Domdaniel (30,821)
11. Travis Bickle (29,774)
12. perfidious (28,363)
13. harrylime (27,914)
14. acirce (27,704)
15. TheFocus (27,681)
16. wordfunph (27,008)
17. Marmot PFL (25,900)
18. Bobsterman3000 (25,556)
19. al wazir (24,306)
20. keypusher (23,789)
21. Big Pawn (23,391)
22. notyetagm (23,385)
23. diceman (23,193)
24. percyblakeney (23,192)
25. Ulhumbrus (22,645)
26. Abdel Irada (22,028)
27. zanzibar (21,530)
28. Shams (21,014)
29. Colonel Mortimer (20,939)
30. Open Defence (20,784)
31. Tabanus (19,573)
32. SugarDom (19,532)
33. technical draw (19,477)
34. Eyal (18,894)
35. brankat (18,792)
36. FSR (18,781)
37. offramp (18,529)
38. twinlark (18,229)
39. achieve (18,004)
40. YouRang (17,848)

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

  1. Kenneth S Rogoff (372,827)
  2. Kibitzer's Café (244,312)
  3. Wesley So (208,380)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (80,093)
  5. Robert James Fischer (55,209)
  6. The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (44,597)
  7. Jeremy Lim (40,527)
  8. Vladimir Kramnik (39,989)
  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 (26,659)
  12. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  13. Hikaru Nakamura (21,429)
  14. The World vs Akobian, 2012 (21,219)
  15. Y Shulman vs The World, 2007 (20,940)
  16. Odd Lie (19,199)
  17. Viswanathan Anand (18,999)
  18. Biographer Bistro (18,914)
  19. Garry Kasparov (18,646)
  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 (14,531)
  24. M Umansky vs The World, 2009 (12,340)
  25. World Championship Candidates (2013) (12,086)
  26. 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 Championship Match (2010) (10,101)
  31. Raymond Keene (9,820)
  32. Anand - Carlsen World Championship Match (2013) (9,770)
  33. Corus Group A (2007) (9,159)
  34. Louis Stumpers (8,533)
  35. FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) (8,411)
  36. Akobian vs The World, 2011 (8,262)
  37. Corus Group A (2008) (7,653)
  38. Edmund Beronio (7,375)
  39. Morelia-Linares (2007) (7,174)
  40. Paul Morphy (6,869)

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

  1. P Troeger vs Tal, 1960 (given 1298 times, par: 34)
  2. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 524 times, par: 16)
  3. Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 (given 491 times, par: 42)
  4. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 459 times, par: 19)
  5. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 451 times, par: 13)
  6. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 438 times, par: 32)
  7. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 428 times, par: 33)
  8. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 389 times, par: 98)
  9. Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 (given 377 times, par: 11)
  10. Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (given 360 times, par: 60)
  11. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 344 times, par: 42)
  12. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (given 343 times, par: 36)
  13. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 318 times, par: 56)
  14. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 316 times, par: 5)
  15. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 309 times, par: 42)
  16. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 296 times, par: 25)
  17. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 287 times, par: 22)
  18. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 279 times, par: 12)
  19. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (given 274 times, par: 30)
  20. Morphy vs E Morphy, 1850 (given 272 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 (906)
  2. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (736)
  3. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (725)
  4. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (700)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (640)
  6. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (551)
  7. Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (551)
  8. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (478)
  9. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (474)
  10. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (451)
  11. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (448)
  12. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (421)
  13. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (418)
  14. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (415)
  15. Short vs Timman, 1991 (408)
  16. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (405)
  17. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (400)
  18. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (398)
  19. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (391)
  20. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (389)
  21. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (387)
  22. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (372)
  23. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (362)
  24. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (358)
  25. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (353)
  26. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (348)
  27. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (342)
  28. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (341)
  29. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (332)
  30. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (330)
  31. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (321)
  32. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (311)
  33. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (306)
  34. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (305)
  35. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (302)
  36. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (300)
  37. O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 (299)
  38. Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (286)
  39. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 (286)
  40. Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 (284)
Also see our Notable Games for games broke down by year, decade, and century.


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