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Paris,   2021 January 17   20:39:4             See also the FICGS rules.

Here are some statistics (highest rated players, total number of members) and SEO informations (PageRank, Alexa Rank, backlinks, visitors) for the site. See also the archives

FICGS informations (2021 January 01)

Google Pagerank : 4

Alexa traffic rank (world) : 386,562
Keyword : "correspondence chess"

Google rank : 35
Yahoo rank : 4

Google rank "chess" : ?
Google rank "internet chess" : 109
Google rank "play chess online" : ?
Google rank "play chess app" : 81

Total statistics :

Members : 13323
Members (active) : 380
Forum posts : 13119
Wikichess : 196474
Games : 128438
Games finished : 126762

Best game : # 124236

Top chess rating (active) : GM Eros Riccio, 2612
Top chess rating (playing) : GM Eros Riccio, 2612
Top advanced chess rating : FSM Herbert Kruse, 2648
Top big chess rating : Stephane Legrand, 2300
Top Go rating (active) : Don Groves 2 dan, 2289
Top poker holdem rating : Herbert Kruse, 2355


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 :

Kerr, Graham        
Gounant, Stanislas
Bernal Varela, Nelson        
Pech, Stepan
Wyngaarden, Martin
Cirulis, Ilmars
Paul, Samagata
Kachibacha, Jobadi
Koudelka, Artur
Mach, Jiri
Pech, Jaroslav senior
Dyson, John        
Fraczek, Dariusz        
Pech, Matej
Kireev, Sergey        
Legrand, Stephane        
Salvatore, Carmine        
Pechova, Hana
Osipov, Sergey        
Fric, Lubos        
Pech, Jaroslav        
Gazi, Miroslav        
Romano, Jacopo        
Autobello, Giovanni
Denisov, Timofey        
Casagrande, Andy
Kruse, Herbert        
Parmet, Daniel        
Riccio, Eros        
Zidu, Jan        
Schroeder, Christoph        
Matisz, Gergely
Vollmer, Steve        
Marciz, Alexander        
Ligon, Scott        
Harding, Tim        
Vasquez, Fernando        
Hallqvist, Niklas        
Krakovsky, Peter        
Duttagupta, Aniruddha        
Matosek, Thomas
Michaud, Francois        
Andreoni, Mario
Kasznia, Ireneusz        
Chronopoulos, Antonis
Russi Roman, Tano-Urayoan        
Pintor, Manuel
Gadamer, Juan Geremia
Borisovs, Leonids        
Jabot, Daniel        
Osipyants, Vladimir        
Aahlad, Yeturu        
Ludgate, Alan

This game was played at FICGS :

Last move : 1-0     2008 February 18   1:38:17

[Event "FICGS__CHESS__WCH_STAGE_2_GROUP_04__000003"]
[Site "FICGS"]
[Date "2008.01.17"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Chapaev,Dmitry"]
[Black "Odendahl,Marcel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1947"]
[BlackElo "1812"]

1.e4 1-0

This chess game has been lost on time   (started : 2008.01.17  3:54:57)


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