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Paris, 2020 January 22 6:14:4 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 (2020 January 01)
Google Pagerank : 4
Alexa traffic rank (world) : 706,254
Keyword : "correspondence chess"
Google rank : 20
Yahoo rank : 6
Google rank "chess" : ?
Google rank "internet chess" : ?
Google rank "play chess online" : 71
Google rank "play chess app" : ?
Total statistics :
Members : 12745
Members (active) : 387
Forum posts : 12965
Wikichess : 182413
Games : 121184
Games finished : 119669
Best game : # 115916
Top chess rating (active) : GM Eros Riccio, 2613
Top chess rating (playing) : FSM Herbert Kruse, 2635
Top advanced chess rating : FSM Herbert Kruse, 2648
Top big chess rating : Stephane Legrand, 2297
Top Go rating (active) : Yen Wei Huang 4 dan, 2492
Top poker holdem rating : Nelson Bernal Varela, 2298
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 :
Bernal Varela, Nelson
Massimini Gerbino, Massimiliano
This game was played at FICGS :
Last move : 0-1 2010 October 11 23:36:53
1.e4 c5 2.Qh5 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bc4 e6 5.Ne2 Nf6 6.Qh4 Nc6 7.Bb5 Be7 8.Bxc6 Bxc6 9.Qg5 O-O 10.d3 Nxe4 11.dxe4 Bxg5 12.Bxg5 Qxg5 13.Ng3 f5 14.Nc3 fxe4 15.Ncxe4 Bxe4 16.Nxe4 Qxg2 17.Ng3 Qxf2+ 18.Kd1 Qd4+ 19.Kc1 Rf2 20.Nf1 Raf8 21.c3 Rxf1+ 22.Kc2 Qa4+ 23.Kd2 R8f2+ 24.Ke3 Qf4+ 25.Kd3 Rd2+ 0-1
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