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Paris, 2019 January 24 8:15:17 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 (2019 January 01)
Google Pagerank : 4
Alexa traffic rank (world) : 736,211
Keyword : "correspondence chess"
Google rank : 59
Yahoo rank : 5
Google rank "chess" : ?
Google rank "internet chess" : ?
Google rank "play chess online" : ?
Total statistics :
Members : 12009
Members (active) : 459
Forum posts : 12850
Wikichess : 168196
Games : 113401
Games finished : 111302
Best game : # 95671
Top chess rating (established & active) : FIM Herbert Kruse, 2620
Top advanced chess rating : FIM Herbert Kruse, 2648
Top big chess rating : Stephane Legrand, 2283
Top Go rating (active) : Yen-Wei Huang 5 dan, 2547
Top poker holdem rating : Nelson Bernal Varela, 2317
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 :
Broniek, Mariusz Maciej
Bernal Varela, Nelson
de la Foret, Fred
This game was played at FICGS :
Last move : 1/2-1/2 2019 January 1 14:37:30
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 c5 6.d5 exd5 7.cxd5 Bb7 8.Bg2 Nxd5 9.O-O Nc6 10.Rd1 Be7 11.Qa4 Nf6 12.Nh4 O-O 13.Nf5 d5 14.Nc3 Nd4 15.Nxd4 cxd4 16.Rxd4 Bc5 17.Rd1 Qc8 18.Nxd5 Nxd5 19.Bxd5 Bxd5 20.Rxd5 Qe6 21.Qd1 Qf6 22.e3 Rad8 23.Kg2 Rxd5 24.Qxd5 Rd8 25.Qf3 Be7 26.Qe2 h6 27.e4 Qd4 28.Bf4 g5 29.Bc7 Rc8 30.Bf4 Rd8 31.Bc7 Rc8 32.Bf4 Rd8 1/2-1/2
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