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Paris, 2018 July 18 14:40:11 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 July 01)
Google Pagerank : 4
Alexa traffic rank (world) : 414,113
Keyword : "correspondence chess"
Google rank : 21
Yahoo rank : 21
Google rank "chess" : ?
Google rank "internet chess" : ?
Google rank "play chess online" : 79
Total statistics :
Members : 11567
Members (active) : 559
Forum posts : 12686
Wikichess : 158152
Games : 107488
Games finished : 105491
Best game : # 95671
Top chess rating (established & active) : FIM Herbert Kruse, 2636
Top advanced chess rating : FIM Herbert Kruse, 2648
Top big chess rating : Stephane Legrand, 2273
Top Go rating (active) : Yen-Wei Huang 5 dan, 2547
Top poker holdem rating : Nelson Bernal Varela, 2305
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 :
Mitrea, Sorin Ioachim
Coggiola, Leandro Damian
This game was played at FICGS :
Last move : 1/2-1/2 2010 October 1 17:24:11
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Be2 O-O 9.Be3 Be6 10.O-O Qc7 11.Qd3 Rc8 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Bd7 14.c4 a5 15.f4 a4 16.fxe5 axb3 17.Rxf7 Be8 18.e6 Bxf7 19.exf7+ Kh8 20.Qe4 Nd7 21.Qxe7 Nf8 22.Qxc7 Rxc7 23.Bf4 Rxf7 24.Bxd6 bxa2 25.c5 Nd7 26.Bg4 Nf8 27.b4 Rf6 28.b5 h5 29.Bxh5 Ng6 30.Bg4 Nf4 31.Be5 Nxd5 32.Bxf6 gxf6 33.Bf3 Nc3 34.Bxb7 Ra5 35.Bc6 Ne2+ 36.Kh2 Nd4 37.Bd7 Nxb5 38.Bxb5 Rxb5 39.Rxa2 Rxc5 40.Ra7 Rc2 41.Kg3 Rc3+ 42.Kf4 Kg8 43.Rb7 Ra3 44.Rc7 Ra2 45.Kf3 1/2-1/2
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