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FICGS informations (2020 February 01)
Google Pagerank : 4
Alexa traffic rank (world) : 667,205
Keyword : "correspondence chess"
Google rank : 19
Yahoo rank : 6
Google rank "chess" : ?
Google rank "internet chess" : ?
Google rank "play chess online" : 89
Google rank "play chess app" : ?
Total statistics :
Members : 12790
Members (active) : 397
Forum posts : 12977
Wikichess : 183635
Games : 121754
Games finished : 120388
Best game : # 115916
Top chess rating (active) : GM Eros Riccio, 2613
Top chess rating (playing) : GM Eros Riccio, 2613
Top advanced chess rating : FSM Herbert Kruse, 2648
Top big chess rating : Stephane Legrand, 2297
Top Go rating (active) : Sergey Uzdin 1 dan, 2142
Top poker holdem rating : Nelson Bernal Varela, 2305
As you can see, the total number of players (chess, Go & poker holdem included) increased more slowly until 2017 than it used to from 2006 to 2010. That was before the FICGS chess applications for Android, then the launch of the Chess Trainer on Facebook.
Correspondence chess does not attract all players of the world, particularly when chess engines like Stockfish, Komodo or Houdini are authorized, which is considered as cheating by many of them. But the aim here is not to gather all kind of players, it is well known that it is not possible to please everyone. Here, all databases and engines are authorized, many players are so called centaurs.
Finally, FICGS got APPs to play on mobile phones to attract more casual players. At the end, FICGS remains recognized as a major chess organization, different from most internet chess servers and makes its possible to be the place for the highest level chess, and a peaceful & constructive community as well.
Despite of the many successes of chess engines over humans, it seems that the global popularity of online chess did not change for years. Internet chess remains lots of fun, but it is probable that correspondence chess (played at very long time controls, like 30 days + 1 day per move) has become less interesting for many players since that the part of human analysis significantly decreased in terms of pertinence, even for the very best players of the world, compared to the computers one. In a way, correspondence chess may have melted with freestyle chess.
Also, the number of running games indicates that Go (weiqi, baduk) and Poker holdem attract more and more players, probably because of their bigger complexity. Anyway, soon or later, AlphaZero & newer artificial intelligences will undoubtly beat all humans in every cards and board games, maybe even in sports too very soon. Fortunately, this does not make chess, Go & poker less fun & interesting to learn and play.
Here is the list of all connected players, this list is refreshed as soon as a player connects to the server, or when a session expires.
Connected players :
B. Oliveira, Marcio
Bernal Varela, Nelson
de Vassal, Thibault
This game was played at FICGS :
Last move : 1-0 2007 May 25 17:3:56
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 O-O 12.Nc2 Bg5 13.a4 bxa4 14.Rxa4 a5 15.Bc4 Rb8 16.Ra2 Kh8 17.Nce3 Bxe3 18.Nxe3 Ne7 19.b3 f5 20.exf5 Nxf5 21.Nd5 Bb7 22.O-O Rc8 23.Qd2 Rc5 24.Rd1 Qc8 25.h3 Qe6 26.f3 Nh4 27.Ne3 Qh6 28.Bd5 Bxd5 29.Nxd5 Qg6 30.Kh1 Qg3 31.Qd3 Nxf3 32.gxf3 Rxf3 33.Qe4 Qxh3 34.Kg1 Rg3 35.Rg2 g6 36.Rxg3 Qxg3 37.Qg2 Qxg2 38.Kxg2 Rb5 39.Nf6 Rxb3 40.Rxd6 Kg7 41.Nd5 h5 42.c4 Rb2 43.Kf3 Rc2 44.Ne3 Rc3 45.Ra6 Ra3 46.Ke4 h4 47.Ra7+ Kg8 48.Nd5 1-0
Comment by player 1 : Wolfgang Utesch :
this is mate in 17!
i.e. 48.h3 49.Nf6 Kf8 50.Kd5 Rf3 51.Ke6 ...
Other moves aren't better.
But game was lost anyway after 41.Nd5!
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