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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: 900,908
Years covered: 1475 to 2019 (545 years)

All time controls (900,908 games)
White wins 340,097 games (37.75%)
Black wins 253,556 games (28.14%)
307,232 games are drawn (34.10%)

Only classical time controls (814,101 games)
White wins 304,470 games (37.40%)
Black wins 225,772 games (27.73%)
283,841 games are drawn (34.87%)

Only non-classical time controls (86,807 games)
White wins 35,627 games (41.04%)
Black wins 27,784 games (32.01%)
23,391 games are drawn (26.95%)

Average # of moves per game: 40.92
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2190
# of games with annotation: 2,440 (0.27%)
# of games with kibitzing: 144,071 (15.99%)
# of kibitzes in total: 4,263,258

# of registered users: 263,841
# of users registered in last 30 days: 1,985 (0.75%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 16,592 (6.29%)

* 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 (4,417)
2. Vassily Ivanchuk (3,740)
3. Anatoly Karpov (3,606)
4. Jan Timman (3,528)
5. Viswanathan Anand (3,523)
6. Svetozar Gligoric (3,154)
7. Alexey Shirov (3,122)
8. Vladimir Kramnik (3,026)
9. Magnus Carlsen (2,971)
10. Boris Gelfand (2,968)
11. Michael Adams (2,881)
12. Mikhail Tal (2,802)
13. Nigel Short (2,779)
14. Peter Svidler (2,770)
15. Lajos Portisch (2,765)
16. Levon Aronian (2,718)
17. Loek van Wely (2,716)
18. Vlastimil Hort (2,650)
19. Vasily Smyslov (2,624)
20. Alexey Dreev (2,583)
21. Alexander Grischuk (2,573)
22. Bent Larsen (2,530)
23. Borislav Ivkov (2,507)
24. Anthony Miles (2,431)
25. Alexander Beliavsky (2,409)
26. Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov (2,398)
27. Garry Kasparov (2,385)
28. Sergey Karjakin (2,370)
29. Hikaru Nakamura (2,370)
30. Ulf Andersson (2,340)
31. Peter Leko (2,327)
32. Sergei Movsesian (2,304)
33. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2,299)
34. Ratmir Kholmov (2,276)
35. Boris Spassky (2,261)
36. Veselin Topalov (2,241)
37. Efim Geller (2,228)
38. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2,225)
39. David Bronstein (2,186)
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 (35.56%)
4. Igor Nikolayev (30.30%)
5. Ignatz von Kolisch (29.94%)
6. John Cochrane (27.12%)
7. Olga Vasiliev (24.60%)
8. Marco Albano (24.19%)
9. Rudolf Rezso Charousek (24.04%)
10. Nezhmetdinov (23.90%)
11. Adolf Anderssen (23.80%)
12. Johannes Zukertort (23.63%)
13. Marc Esserman (22.89%)
14. Gustav Richard Neumann (22.73%)
15. Tibor Weinberger (21.57%)
16. Wilhelm Steinitz (21.38%)
17. Von Der Lasa (21.17%)
18. K Richter (20.55%)
19. Emory Tate (20.32%)
20. Georges Koltanowski (20.30%)
21. John A Curdo (20.24%)
22. Erik Andrew Kislik (20.14%)
23. M V Golubev (19.41%)
24. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.03%)
25. Adam Tukhaev (18.03%)
26. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (17.82%)
27. Howard Staunton (17.61%)
28. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.60%)
29. Bator Sambuev (17.59%)
30. Maxime Lagarde (17.01%)
31. Oldrich Duras (16.70%)
32. Timur Gareyev (16.67%)
33. Gerard Welling (16.62%)
34. Eric Schiller (16.53%)
35. Ray Robson (16.50%)
36. Danny Kopec (16.47%)
37. Mikhail Chigorin (16.41%)
38. Stanislav Bogdanovich (16.40%)
39. Tigran Kotanjian (16.28%)
40. Alexander Alekhine (16.24%)
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 (19,755)
  2. A04 - Reti Opening (14,248)
  3. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (12,589)
  4. B06 - Robatsch (11,593)
  5. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (10,734)
  6. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (10,719)
  7. A15 - English (10,150)
  8. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,932)
  9. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (9,542)
  10. B01 - Scandinavian (8,567)
  11. B32 - Sicilian (8,142)
  12. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (8,005)
  13. B07 - Pirc (7,868)
  14. B30 - Sicilian (7,753)
  15. A00 - Uncommon Opening (7,466)
  16. C45 - Scotch Game (7,398)
  17. B40 - Sicilian (7,131)
  18. C42 - Petrov Defense (6,754)
  19. E11 - Bogo-Indian Defense (6,655)
  20. A13 - English (6,631)

* 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 (60,349)
2. Jim Bartle (49,966)
3. WannaBe (43,641)
4. jessicafischerqueen (40,784)
5. OhioChessFan (39,849)
6. whiteshark (36,354)
7. chancho (35,729)
8. saffuna (34,398)
9. cormier (33,175)
10. Domdaniel (30,821)
11. Travis Bickle (29,507)
12. perfidious (28,091)
13. acirce (27,704)
14. TheFocus (27,676)
15. harrylime (27,422)
16. wordfunph (26,807)
17. Marmot PFL (25,894)
18. Bobsterman3000 (24,713)
19. al wazir (24,045)
20. keypusher (23,590)
21. Big Pawn (23,391)
22. notyetagm (23,384)
23. percyblakeney (23,192)
24. diceman (22,719)
25. Ulhumbrus (22,432)
26. Abdel Irada (22,028)
27. zanzibar (21,320)
28. Shams (21,014)
29. Open Defence (20,784)
30. Colonel Mortimer (20,726)
31. technical draw (19,475)
32. Tabanus (19,459)
33. SugarDom (19,315)
34. Eyal (18,876)
35. brankat (18,792)
36. FSR (18,697)
37. offramp (18,333)
38. twinlark (18,229)
39. achieve (17,998)
40. YouRang (17,848)

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

  1. Kenneth S Rogoff (365,655)
  2. Kibitzer's Café (242,312)
  3. Wesley So (208,090)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (79,967)
  5. Robert James Fischer (55,129)
  6. The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (44,597)
  7. Vladimir Kramnik (39,989)
  8. Jeremy Lim (39,648)
  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 (26,657)
  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 (18,788)
  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 (14,530)
  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 (9,796)
  32. Anand - Carlsen World Championship Match (2013) (9,770)
  33. Corus Group A (2007) (9,159)
  34. Louis Stumpers (8,532)
  35. FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) (8,411)
  36. Akobian vs The World, 2011 (8,262)
  37. Corus Group A (2008) (7,653)
  38. Morelia-Linares (2007) (7,174)
  39. Edmund Beronio (7,173)
  40. Paul Morphy (6,865)

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

  1. P Troeger vs Tal, 1960 (given 1287 times, par: 34)
  2. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 523 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 450 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 387 times, par: 98)
  9. Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 (given 376 times, par: 10)
  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 317 times, par: 57)
  14. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 316 times, par: 5)
  15. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 308 times, par: 42)
  16. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 296 times, par: 25)
  17. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 284 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 271 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 (900)
  2. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (734)
  3. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (723)
  4. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (698)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (634)
  6. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (549)
  7. Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (546)
  8. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (474)
  9. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (469)
  10. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (452)
  11. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (448)
  12. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (417)
  13. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (415)
  14. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (412)
  15. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (405)
  16. Short vs Timman, 1991 (404)
  17. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (398)
  18. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (397)
  19. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (389)
  20. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (387)
  21. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (383)
  22. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (370)
  23. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (356)
  24. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (351)
  25. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (348)
  26. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (346)
  27. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (340)
  28. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (338)
  29. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (330)
  30. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (326)
  31. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (320)
  32. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (307)
  33. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (306)
  34. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (302)
  35. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (301)
  36. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (299)
  37. O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 (299)
  38. Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (285)
  39. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 (285)
  40. Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 (282)
Also see our Notable Games for games broke down by year, decade, and century.


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