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Chessgames Statistics

The following statistics give an insight into our database of chess games and the people who use it.

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Tell me some general statistics about the database.

# of games in database: 1,004,621
Years covered: 0 to 2021 (2022 years)
All time controls (1,004,621 games)
White wins 379,496 games (37.78%)
Black wins 282,928 games (28.16%)
342,172 games are drawn (34.06%)

Only classical time controls (894,350 games)
White wins 334,446 games (37.40%)
Black wins 247,906 games (27.72%)
311,982 games are drawn (34.88%)

Only non-classical time controls (110,271 games)
White wins 45,050 games (40.85%)
Black wins 35,022 games (31.76%)
30,190 games are drawn (27.38%)

Average # of moves per game: 41.02
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2189
# of games with annotation: 2,705 (0.27%)
# of games with kibitzing: 158,333 (15.76%)
# of kibitzes in total: 4,546,094

# of registered users: 305,281
# of users registered in last 30 days: 4,326 (1.42%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 19,156 (6.27%)

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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. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2820)
7. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2819)
8. Vladimir Kramnik (2817)
9. Viswanathan Anand (2817)
10. Veselin Topalov (2816)
11. Hikaru Nakamura (2814)
12. Ding Liren (2801)
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. Ian Nepomniachtchi (2784)
21. Anatoly Karpov (2780)
22. Boris Gelfand (2777)
23. Peter Svidler (2769)
24. Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768)
25. Ruslan Ponomariov (2768)
26. Pentala Harikrishna (2766)
27. Pavel Eljanov (2765)
28. Wang Hao (2763)
29. Gata Kamsky (2763)
30. Peter Leko (2763)
31. Yu Yangyi (2762)
32. Vugar Gashimov (2761)
33. Michael Adams (2761)
34. Richard Rapport (2760)
35. Dmitry Jakovenko (2760)
36. Evgeny Tomashevsky (2758)
37. Li Chao (2757)
38. Wang Yue (2756)
39. Alexey Shirov (2755)
40. Wei Yi (2753)

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What players have the most games in the database?

1. Viktor Korchnoi (4,567)
2. Vassily Ivanchuk (3,855)
3. Viswanathan Anand (3,782)
4. Magnus Carlsen (3,778)
5. Anatoly Karpov (3,624)
6. Jan Timman (3,581)
7. Levon Aronian (3,239)
8. Alexey Shirov (3,217)
9. Svetozar Gligoric (3,180)
10. Boris Gelfand (3,161)
11. Vladimir Kramnik (3,101)
12. Peter Svidler (3,074)
13. Michael Adams (3,010)
14. Hikaru Nakamura (2,985)
15. Vlastimil Hort (2,944)
16. Alexander Grischuk (2,907)
17. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2,899)
18. Mikhail Tal (2,857)
19. Lajos Portisch (2,835)
20. Nigel Short (2,812)
21. Loek van Wely (2,768)
22. Aleksey Dreev (2,733)
23. Vasily Smyslov (2,719)
24. Sergey Karjakin (2,659)
25. Borislav Ivkov (2,604)
26. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2,570)
27. Bent Larsen (2,538)
28. Alexander G Beliavsky (2,514)
29. Peter Leko (2,481)
30. Anthony Miles (2,474)
31. Ulf Andersson (2,422)
32. Vladimir Tukmakov (2,401)
33. Garry Kasparov (2,401)
34. Sergei Movsesian (2,374)
35. Boris Spassky (2,323)
36. Veselin Topalov (2,313)
37. Ratmir Kholmov (2,293)
38. Efim Geller (2,259)
39. Fabiano Caruana (2,254)
40. David Bronstein (2,201)

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Which players most often make winning sacrifices?

1. Carl Hartlaub (58.82%)
2. Gioachino Greco (57.78%)
3. Emil Joseph Diemer (40.18%)
4. Frederick Rhine (39.56%)
5. Paul Morphy (36.17%)
6. Igor Nikolayev (31.54%)
7. Ignatz von Kolisch (30.46%)
8. Rezso Charousek (27.55%)
9. John Cochrane (27.02%)
10. Olga Gutmakher (23.94%)
11. Adolf Anderssen (23.87%)
12. Johannes Zukertort (23.47%)
13. Marc Esserman (23.12%)
14. Gustav Neumann (22.54%)
15. Wilhelm Steinitz (22.47%)
16. Kurt Richter (21.56%)
17. Tibor Weinberger (21.54%)
18. Emory Tate (20.00%)
19. Georges Koltanowski (19.90%)
20. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.79%)
21. Mikhail Golubev (19.39%)
22. Howard Staunton (19.35%)
23. John A Curdo (19.20%)
24. William Pollock (18.62%)
25. Daniel Harrwitz (18.50%)
26. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (18.15%)
27. Siegbert Tarrasch (17.95%)
28. Adam Tukhaev (17.57%)
29. Bator Sambuev (17.47%)
30. Stanislav Bogdanovich (17.17%)
31. Oldrich Duras (16.96%)
32. Mikhail Chigorin (16.95%)
33. Timur Gareyev (16.94%)
34. Peter Romanovsky (16.93%)
35. Eric Schiller (16.51%)
36. Harold James Plaskett (16.48%)
37. Ray Robson (16.45%)
38. Gerard Welling (16.43%)
39. Danny Kopec (16.40%)
40. Maxime Lagarde (16.31%)
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.

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Which ECO opening chapters are played most often?

  1. A07 - King's Indian Attack (22,138)
  2. A04 - Reti Opening (16,004)
  3. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (14,278)
  4. B06 - Robatsch (12,870)
  5. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (12,175)
  6. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (11,646)
  7. A15 - English (11,346)
  8. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (10,900)
  9. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (10,698)
  10. B01 - Scandinavian (9,411)
  11. B32 - Sicilian (9,072)
  12. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (9,029)
  13. B07 - Pirc (8,593)
  14. B30 - Sicilian (8,522)
  15. A00 - Uncommon Opening (8,282)
  16. C45 - Scotch Game (8,188)
  17. B40 - Sicilian (7,853)
  18. C42 - Petrov Defense (7,570)
  19. D37 - Queen's Gambit Declined (7,503)
  20. A13 - English (7,497)

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What are the most common endings?

1. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (14,827)
2. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (13,434)
3. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙ (13,259)
4. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (8,491)
5. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙♙ (8,286)
6. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (6,978)
7. ♖♙ vs ♖ (5,569)
8. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (4,591)
9. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙ (4,560)
10. ♖♙♙ vs ♖ (4,246)
11. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (4,214)
12. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (3,931)
13. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙♙ (3,908)
14. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (3,819)
15. ♖♙ vs ♖♙ (3,581)
16. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙♙ (3,335)
17. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙ (3,204)
18. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (3,159)
19. ♕♙♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙♙ (2,870)
20. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙♙ (2,823)
21. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (2,569)
22. ♖♙♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (2,477)
23. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,443)
24. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,395)
25. ♕♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙ (2,259)
26. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (2,164)
27. ♖♗♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,161)
28. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (2,131)
29. ♘♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙ (2,105)
30. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (2,061)

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Which chessgames.com users have kibitzed the most?

1. HeMateMe (71,847)
2. saffuna (51,859)
3. Jim Bartle (50,025)
4. WannaBe (45,662)
5. jessicafischerqueen (44,734)
6. OhioChessFan (44,213)
7. chancho (39,975)
8. harrylime (37,961)
9. whiteshark (37,327)
10. cormier (36,053)
11. perfidious (35,402)
12. Domdaniel (30,825)
13. Travis Bickle (30,384)
14. Bobsterman3000 (30,333)
15. al wazir (29,991)
16. diceman (29,031)
17. wordfunph (28,640)
18. Colonel Mortimer (28,012)
19. acirce (27,704)
20. TheFocus (27,393)
21. Big Pawn (26,804)
22. keypusher (26,705)
23. Marmot PFL (25,911)
24. Ulhumbrus (23,576)
25. notyetagm (23,418)
26. percyblakeney (23,192)
27. Abdel Irada (22,026)
28. thegoodanarchist (21,720)
29. zanzibar (21,502)
30. Tabanus (21,197)
31. SugarDom (21,048)
32. Shams (21,018)
33. Open Defence (20,877)
34. technical draw (20,431)
35. FSR (20,305)
36. offramp (19,402)
37. Eyal (19,037)
38. brankat (18,793)
39. WinKing (18,592)
40. Phony Benoni (18,318)

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Which pages on chessgames.com have the most kibitzing?

  1. Kenneth Rogoff (455,935)
  2. Kibitzer's Café (275,701)
  3. Wesley So (211,979)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (82,130)
  5. Robert James Fischer (55,981)
  6. Jeremy Lim (50,631)
  7. The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (44,597)
  8. Vladimir Kramnik (39,989)
  9. Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (29,030)
  10. The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (26,713)
  11. The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (26,660)
  12. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  13. Hikaru Nakamura (21,429)
  14. The World vs V Akobian, 2012 (21,219)
  15. Biographer Bistro (21,179)
  16. Shulman vs The World, 2007 (20,941)
  17. Odd Lie (19,199)
  18. Viswanathan Anand (18,999)
  19. Garry Kasparov (18,646)
  20. The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (17,664)
  21. Veselin Topalov (17,487)
  22. S Williams vs The World, 2013 (14,939)
  23. Eugenio Torre (14,600)
  24. M Umansky vs The World, 2009 (12,340)
  25. World Championship Candidates (2013) (12,088)
  26. World Championship Tournament (2007) (11,917)
  27. Battle of the Brains II, 2008 (11,501)
  28. Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) (11,072)
  29. Nigel Short (10,395)
  30. Anand - Topalov World Championship Match (2010) (10,101)
  31. Raymond Keene (9,924)
  32. Anand - Carlsen World Championship Match (2013) (9,772)
  33. Corus Group A (2007) (9,159)
  34. Louis Stumpers (9,084)
  35. FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) (8,411)
  36. World Championship Candidates (2011) (8,277)
  37. V Akobian vs The World, 2011 (8,262)
  38. Edmund Beronio (8,033)
  39. Corus Group A (2008) (7,653)
  40. Morelia-Linares (2007) (7,175)

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

  1. P Troeger vs Tal, 1960 (given 1431 times, par: 34)
  2. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 562 times, par: 16)
  3. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 502 times, par: 13)
  4. Kasparov vs Andersson, 1981 (given 495 times, par: 42)
  5. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 490 times, par: 19)
  6. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 449 times, par: 32)
  7. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 445 times, par: 33)
  8. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 415 times, par: 98)
  9. J Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 (given 385 times, par: 10)
  10. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (given 361 times, par: 36)
  11. Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (given 361 times, par: 60)
  12. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 359 times, par: 42)
  13. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 341 times, par: 56)
  14. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 326 times, par: 43)
  15. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 322 times, par: 5)
  16. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 320 times, par: 22)
  17. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 313 times, par: 25)
  18. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 292 times, par: 12)
  19. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (given 290 times, par: 29)
  20. Morphy vs E Morphy, 1856 (given 286 times, par: 36)
For more information on Guess-the-Move, see the Guess-the-Move Help Page.

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What games are frequently found in our users' Game Collections?

  1. D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 (1006)
  2. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (862)
  3. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (792)
  4. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (791)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (722)
  6. R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (650)
  7. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (616)
  8. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (591)
  9. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (589)
  10. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (564)
  11. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (537)
  12. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (508)
  13. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (490)
  14. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (488)
  15. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (486)
  16. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (484)
  17. Short vs Timman, 1991 (472)
  18. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (459)
  19. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (457)
  20. Polugaevsky vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (444)
  21. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (435)
  22. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (430)
  23. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (428)
  24. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (423)
  25. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (418)
  26. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (416)
  27. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (406)
  28. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (406)
  29. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (404)
  30. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (380)
  31. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (379)
  32. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (378)
  33. Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 (367)
  34. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (367)
  35. O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 (362)
  36. R Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (347)
  37. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (346)
  38. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (344)
  39. E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 (339)
  40. Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 (337)
Also see our Notable Games for games broke down by year, decade, and century.

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