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Paris,   2018 November 19   21:31:42             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 (2018 November 01)


Google Pagerank : 4

Alexa traffic rank (world) : 430,123
Keyword : "correspondence chess"

Google rank : 63
Yahoo rank : 6

Google rank "chess" : ?
Google rank "internet chess" : ?
Google rank "play chess online" : ?


Total statistics :

Members : 11873
Members (active) : 506
Forum posts : 12755
Wikichess : 165148
Games : 111407
Games finished : 109575

Best game : # 95671

Top chess rating (established & active) : FIM Herbert Kruse, 2650
Top advanced chess rating : FIM Herbert Kruse, 2648
Top big chess rating : Stephane Legrand, 2278
Top Go rating (active) : Yen-Wei Huang 5 dan, 2547
Top poker holdem rating : Nelson Bernal Varela, 2288






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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.





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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 :

Vollmer, Steve
Schroeder, Christoph        
Walzer, Karel        
Cease, Dion        
Eldridge, Mark        
Vasquez, Fernando        
Bernal Varela, Nelson        
Kruse, Herbert        
Marciz, Alexander
Ortiz, Clodomiro        
Larwinski, Paul        
Andreoni, Mario
Pipac, Darko        
Domingo, Jordi        
B. Oliveira, Marcio
Legrand, Stephane        
Uzdin, Sergey        
Wosch, Arkadiusz        
Stevenson, Jack
D Agostino, Gabriele
Drozdovas, Arturas        
Ward, David        
Jabot, Daniel        
Maitejrsen, Maite        
Me, Gianantonio        
Cafiero, Florian        
Bleker, Frits        
Galus, Stanislaw        
Osipyants, Vladimir
Fric, Lubos        
Khachaturov, Vadim        
Vellema, Jelle
Niglio, Biagio
Perez, Alberto
Schmidt, Jonny        
de Vassal, Thibault        
Pineda, Ulises




This game was played at FICGS :




Last move : 1-0     2018 June 12   2:34:12


[Event "FICGS__CHESS__RAPID_C__000166"]
[Site "FICGS"]
[Date "2018.05.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Ainsborough,Gregory"]
[Black "Hazar,Deniz"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1700"]
[BlackElo "1500"]

1.f4 1-0

This chess game has been lost on time   (started : 2018.05.11  8:22:4)









 

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