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Paris,   2020 May 25   17:9:43             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 May 01)

Google Pagerank : 4

Alexa traffic rank (world) : 442,864
Keyword : "correspondence chess"

Google rank : 20
Yahoo rank : 10

Google rank "chess" : ?
Google rank "internet chess" : ?
Google rank "play chess online" : 90
Google rank "play chess app" : 48

Total statistics :

Members : 12949
Members (active) : 377
Forum posts : 13009
Wikichess : 187525
Games : 123843
Games finished : 122068

Best game : # 121655

Top chess rating (active) : GM Eros Riccio, 2617
Top chess rating (playing) : GM Eros Riccio, 2617
Top advanced chess rating : FSM Herbert Kruse, 2648
Top big chess rating : Stephane Legrand, 2297
Top Go rating (active) : Li Yingli 3 dan, 2300
Top poker holdem rating : Nelson Bernal Varela, 2312


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 :

Stevenson, John
Ligon, Scott
Fric, Lubos        
Tanriover, Taner        
Faust, Dieter        
Frenkel, Alex        
Wojnowski, Stan
Yarkov, Evgeny        
Kuliy, Oleksandr        
Payzansky, Aleksey        
Markus, Roland        
Wilson, Norman
Koslowski, Volker        
Kalistratov, Aleksandr
Vollmer, Steve        
de Vassal, Thibault        
Ortiz, Clodomiro        
Borisovs, Leonids        
Marquis, Roland
Toutaoui, Khaled        
Tkac, Matus        
Kachibacha, Jobadi
Cease, Dion        
Aahlad, Yeturu        
Koudelka, Artur
Marciz, Alexander        
Michaud, Francois
Pech, Jaroslav        
Khachaturov, Vadim        
Korn, Christian
Lehnhoff, Heinz-Georg        
Cirulis, Ilmars        
Pechova, Hana
Kosic, Branko        
Pech, Jaroslav senior
Bernal Varela, Nelson        
Pech, Matej
Schroeder, Christoph        

This game was played at FICGS :

Points : 0  out of  3    

Dealer     Blind: 1
chips : 151       pot : 2


Points : 2  out of  3    

Round: 3   Hand: 8
chips : 43       pot : 4
All in
Raise >

Last move : 1-0     2010 October 7   21:26:42

[Site "FICGS"]
[Date "2009.11.20"]
[Round "1"]
[Player 1 "Uzdin,Sergey"]
[Player 2 "Panov,Dmitriy"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Rating 1 "1937"]
[Rating 2 "1868"]





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