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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 June 01)
Google Pagerank : 4
Alexa traffic rank (world) : 698,740
Keyword : "correspondence chess"
Google rank : 105
Yahoo rank : 6
Google rank "chess" : ?
Google rank "internet chess" : ?
Google rank "play chess online" : ?
Google rank "play chess app" : 56
Total statistics :
Members : 13548
Members (active) : 342
Forum posts : 13202
Wikichess : 200296
Games : 130576
Games finished : 129373
Best game : # 129470
Top chess rating (active) : GM Eros Riccio, 2588
Top chess rating (playing) : GM Eros Riccio, 2588
Top advanced chess rating : FSM Herbert Kruse, 2648
Top big chess rating : Stephane Legrand, 2302
Top Go rating (active) : Don Groves 2 dan, 2289
Top poker holdem rating : Nelson Bernal Varela, 2339
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 :
Massimini Gerbino, Massimiliano
Bernal Varela, Nelson
This game was played at FICGS :
Last move : 0-1 2017 November 30 14:18:53
[Black "Hilbert,Stephan J."]
1.e4 a6 2.d4 b5 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.Bd3 e6 5.O-O c5 6.dxc5 Bxc5 7.e5 d6 8.exd6 Qxd6 9.Qe2 Nf6 10.h3 O-O 11.Bg5 Nbd7 12.Nc3 Qc6 13.Bxf6 Nxf6 14.Rae1 Bb4 15.Qe5 Bxc3 16.Qxc3 Qxc3 17.bxc3 Bxf3 18.gxf3 Rac8 19.Ra1 Nd5 0-1
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