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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 (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 :
de Vassal, Thibault
Massimini Gerbino, Massimiliano
Bernal Varela, Nelson
This game was played at FICGS :
Last move : 1/2-1/2 2009 May 22 15:30:26
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.O-O Ne7 7.Nh4 c5 8.Bg5 Be4 9.Nc3 cxd4 10.Nxe4 dxe4 11.Qxd4 Nc6 12.Qe3 Bc5 13.Qf4 Qb6 14.Qxe4 Ndxe5 15.Bf4 Qxb2 16.Rab1 Qd4 17.Qxd4 Nxd4 18.Bd1 Nc4 19.c3 Nc6 20.Rxb7 O-O 21.Nf3 Bd6 1/2-1/2
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