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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: 1,406,692
Years covered: 0 to 2023 (2024 years)
All time controls (1,406,692 games)
White wins 527,455 games (37.50%)
Black wins 394,642 games (28.05%)
484,557 games are drawn (34.45%)

Only classical time controls (1,263,656 games)
White wins 469,070 games (37.12%)
Black wins 349,152 games (27.63%)
445,409 games are drawn (35.25%)

Only non-classical time controls (143,036 games)
White wins 58,385 games (40.82%)
Black wins 45,490 games (31.80%)
39,148 games are drawn (27.37%)

Average # of moves per game: 40.74
Average Elo rating of rated players: 2180
# of games with annotation: 3,344 (0.24%)
# of games with kibitzing: 169,871 (12.08%)
# of kibitzes in total: 4,711,521

# of registered users: 338,386
# of users registered in last 30 days: 519 (0.15%)
# of registered users seen in last 90 days: 6,351 (1.88%)

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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. Andrey M Sokolov (2832)
5. Levon Aronian (2830)
6. Wesley So (2822)
7. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2820)
8. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2819)
9. Vladimir Kramnik (2817)
10. Viswanathan Anand (2817)
11. Ding Liren (2816)
12. Veselin Topalov (2816)
13. Hikaru Nakamura (2814)
14. Alexander Grischuk (2810)
15. Alireza Firouzja (2804)
16. Anish Giri (2798)
17. Teimour Radjabov (2793)
18. Sergey Karjakin (2788)
19. Alexander Morozevich (2788)
20. Vasyl Ivanchuk (2787)
21. Robert James Fischer (2785)
22. Ian Nepomniachtchi (2784)
23. Anatoly Karpov (2780)
24. Boris Gelfand (2777)
25. Peter Svidler (2769)
26. Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768)
27. Ruslan Ponomariov (2768)
28. Pentala Harikrishna (2766)
29. Pavel Eljanov (2765)
30. Hao Wang (2763)
31. Gata Kamsky (2763)
32. Peter Leko (2763)
33. Yangyi Yu (2762)
34. Vugar Gashimov (2761)
35. Michael Adams (2761)
36. Richard Rapport (2760)
37. Dmitry Jakovenko (2760)
38. Evgeny Tomashevsky (2758)
39. Chao Li (2757)
40. Yue Wang (2756)

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What players have the most games in the database?

1. Viktor Korchnoi (4,657)
2. Magnus Carlsen (4,417)
3. Ivan Farago (3,990)
4. Vasyl Ivanchuk (3,973)
5. Viswanathan Anand (3,928)
6. Levon Aronian (3,749)
7. Anatoly Karpov (3,673)
8. Jan Timman (3,638)
9. Alexey Shirov (3,400)
10. Hikaru Nakamura (3,372)
11. Boris Gelfand (3,357)
12. Peter Svidler (3,298)
13. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (3,292)
14. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (3,237)
15. Svetozar Gligoric (3,214)
16. Pia Cramling (3,178)
17. Vladimir Kramnik (3,161)
18. Alexander Grischuk (3,156)
19. Michael Adams (3,135)
20. Oleg Romanishin (3,121)
21. Vlastimil Hort (3,049)
22. Aleksey Dreev (3,012)
23. Nigel Short (2,978)
24. Lajos Portisch (2,932)
25. Mikhail Tal (2,909)
26. Loek van Wely (2,908)
27. Sergey Karjakin (2,842)
28. Borislav Ivkov (2,827)
29. Vasily Smyslov (2,786)
30. Alexander G Beliavsky (2,778)
31. Fabiano Caruana (2,685)
32. Tony Miles (2,661)
33. Ian Nepomniachtchi (2,587)
34. Bent Larsen (2,565)
35. Anish Giri (2,556)
36. Ulf Andersson (2,538)
37. Peter Leko (2,521)
38. Bojan Kurajica (2,515)
39. Wolfgang Uhlmann (2,514)
40. Vlastimil Jansa (2,509)

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Which players most often make winning sacrifices?

1. Gioachino Greco (57.78%)
2. Frederick Rhine (41.26%)
3. Emil Joseph Diemer (40.27%)
4. Paul Morphy (36.03%)
5. Igor Nikolayev (31.49%)
6. Ignatz von Kolisch (30.94%)
7. Rezso Charousek (27.44%)
8. John Cochrane (26.63%)
9. Adolf Anderssen (23.90%)
10. Wilhelm Steinitz (23.54%)
11. Gustav Neumann (22.31%)
12. Johannes Zukertort (22.07%)
13. Tibor Weinberger (21.62%)
14. William Pollock (20.60%)
15. Joseph Henry Blackburne (19.86%)
16. John Curdo (19.15%)
17. Georges Koltanowski (18.93%)
18. Mikhail Golubev (18.92%)
19. Kurt Richter (18.79%)
20. Daniel Harrwitz (18.65%)
21. Howard Staunton (18.61%)
22. Adam Tukhaev (18.05%)
23. Siegbert Tarrasch (18.05%)
24. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (17.86%)
25. Harold James Plaskett (17.27%)
26. Timur Gareyev (17.16%)
27. Mikhail Chigorin (17.08%)
28. Peter Romanovsky (16.96%)
29. Oldrich Duras (16.89%)
30. David Smerdon (16.88%)
31. Bator Sambuev (16.62%)
32. Gerard Welling (16.28%)
33. Diego Flores (16.26%)
34. Alexander Alekhine (16.10%)
35. Louis Paulsen (16.02%)
36. Eric Schiller (15.98%)
37. Maxime Lagarde (15.94%)
38. Stephen J Solomon (15.76%)
39. Varlam Vepkhvishvili (15.62%)
40. Emanuel Lasker (15.60%)
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 (32,569)
  2. A04 - Reti Opening (23,421)
  3. D02 - Queen's Pawn Game (20,633)
  4. B06 - Robatsch (18,829)
  5. B22 - Sicilian, Alapin (17,630)
  6. B90 - Sicilian, Najdorf (16,633)
  7. A15 - English (15,883)
  8. A46 - Queen's Pawn Game (15,765)
  9. A45 - Queen's Pawn Game (15,528)
  10. B01 - Scandinavian (13,401)
  11. B32 - Sicilian (12,815)
  12. B12 - Caro-Kann Defense (12,647)
  13. B07 - Pirc (12,458)
  14. A00 - Uncommon Opening (12,238)
  15. B30 - Sicilian (12,015)
  16. B40 - Sicilian (11,407)
  17. C45 - Scotch Game (11,075)
  18. A13 - English (10,792)
  19. E11 - Bogo-Indian Defense (10,404)
  20. D37 - Queen's Gambit Declined (10,374)

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What are the most common endings?

1. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (14,825)
2. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (13,431)
3. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙ (13,256)
4. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (8,486)
5. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙♙ (8,285)
6. ♖♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (6,978)
7. ♖♙ vs ♖ (5,569)
8. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙♙ (4,589)
9. ♖♙♙♙ vs ♖♙ (4,559)
10. ♖♙♙ vs ♖ (4,246)
11. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (4,213)
12. ♖♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙ (3,931)
13. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙♙ (3,907)
14. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (3,818)
15. ♖♙ vs ♖♙ (3,580)
16. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙♙ (3,335)
17. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙ (3,203)
18. ♗♙♙♙ vs ♘♙♙♙ (3,159)
19. ♕♙♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙♙ (2,870)
20. ♗♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙♙ (2,821)
21. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♗♙♙ (2,569)
22. ♖♙♙♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙ (2,477)
23. ♖♗♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,443)
24. ♖♘♙♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,395)
25. ♕♙♙♙ vs ♕♙♙ (2,258)
26. ♘♙♙♙♙ vs ♗♙♙♙ (2,164)
27. ♖♗♙♙ vs ♖♘♙♙ (2,160)
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 (79,105)
2. saffuna (60,331)
3. Jim Bartle (49,862)
4. WannaBe (46,980)
5. jessicafischerqueen (46,695)
6. OhioChessFan (46,276)
7. harrylime (44,854)
8. chancho (42,188)
9. perfidious (40,954)
10. cormier (39,315)
11. whiteshark (38,277)
12. diceman (34,308)
13. al wazir (32,526)
14. Domdaniel (30,846)
15. Travis Bickle (30,383)
16. Bobsterman3000 (30,348)
17. Colonel Mortimer (30,139)
18. keypusher (28,699)
19. wordfunph (28,675)
20. acirce (27,867)
21. TheFocus (27,370)
22. Big Pawn (26,870)
23. Marmot PFL (26,111)
24. Ulhumbrus (24,253)
25. notyetagm (23,444)
26. percyblakeney (23,411)
27. FSR (22,322)
28. Tabanus (22,085)
29. thegoodanarchist (22,059)
30. Abdel Irada (22,022)
31. technical draw (21,536)
32. zanzibar (21,497)
33. SugarDom (21,076)
34. Open Defence (21,060)
35. Shams (21,008)
36. offramp (20,696)
37. MissScarlett (20,347)
38. Eyal (19,106)
39. brankat (18,791)
40. WinKing (18,752)

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Which pages on chessgames.com have the most kibitzing?

  1. 0 (479,878)
  2. Kibitzer's Café (296,027)
  3. Wesley So (212,317)
  4. Magnus Carlsen (83,000)
  5. Jeremy Lim (58,919)
  6. Robert James Fischer (56,467)
  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 (26,661)
  12. Biographer Bistro (24,842)
  13. A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (23,261)
  14. Hikaru Nakamura (21,429)
  15. The World vs V Akobian, 2012 (21,221)
  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 (17,666)
  21. Veselin Topalov (17,487)
  22. S Williams vs The World, 2013 (14,940)
  23. Eugenio Torre (14,609)
  24. Kenneth Rogoff (13,624)
  25. M Umansky vs The World, 2009 (12,340)
  26. World Championship Candidates (2013) (12,088)
  27. World Championship Tournament (2007) (11,917)
  28. Battle of the Brains II, 2008 (11,501)
  29. Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) (11,072)
  30. Nigel Short (10,395)
  31. Anand - Topalov World Championship Match (2010) (10,101)
  32. Raymond Keene (9,980)
  33. Anand - Carlsen World Championship Match (2013) (9,772)
  34. Louis Stumpers (9,194)
  35. Corus Group A (2007) (9,159)
  36. FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) (8,412)
  37. World Championship Candidates (2011) (8,277)
  38. V Akobian vs The World, 2011 (8,262)
  39. Edmund Beronio (8,035)
  40. World Championship Candidates (2007) (7,778)

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

  1. P Troeger vs Tal, 1960 (given 1493 times, par: 34)
  2. Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 (given 576 times, par: 16)
  3. Fischer vs J Altusky, 1954 (given 526 times, par: 13)
  4. Kasparov vs Andersson, 1981 (given 503 times, par: 42)
  5. J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 (given 502 times, par: 19)
  6. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (given 457 times, par: 33)
  7. Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 (given 454 times, par: 32)
  8. NN vs Greco, 1620 (given 417 times, par: 98)
  9. Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 (given 389 times, par: 11)
  10. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (given 367 times, par: 41)
  11. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (given 366 times, par: 36)
  12. Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 (given 362 times, par: 60)
  13. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 345 times, par: 22)
  14. Greco vs NN, 1620 (given 343 times, par: 56)
  15. Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (given 333 times, par: 43)
  16. Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890 (given 325 times, par: 5)
  17. Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (given 319 times, par: 25)
  18. Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 (given 300 times, par: 13)
  19. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (given 296 times, par: 30)
  20. Morphy vs E Morphy, 1856 (given 290 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 (1084)
  2. Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (963)
  3. Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 (880)
  4. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (849)
  5. Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (819)
  6. R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 (740)
  7. Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (696)
  8. Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 (681)
  9. Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (669)
  10. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (611)
  11. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 (585)
  12. Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (581)
  13. Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (561)
  14. Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (560)
  15. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (549)
  16. Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 (546)
  17. Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (520)
  18. Short vs Timman, 1991 (518)
  19. Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 (516)
  20. Polugaevsky vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (500)
  21. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (495)
  22. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (475)
  23. Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (475)
  24. Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 (469)
  25. Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 (468)
  26. S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 (460)
  27. Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (453)
  28. Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 (450)
  29. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (446)
  30. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (441)
  31. Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (427)
  32. Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (424)
  33. Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 (422)
  34. Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 (413)
  35. Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (413)
  36. O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 (412)
  37. Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921 (407)
  38. Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (397)
  39. E Z Adams vs Torre, 1920 (385)
  40. Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924 (385)
Also see our Notable Games for games broke down by year, decade, and century.

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