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FICGS informations (2024 May 01)

Keyword : "correspondence chess"

Google rank : 51
Yahoo rank : ?

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

Total statistics :

Members : 14439
Members (active) : 238
Forum posts : 13680
Wikichess : 241343
Games : 145122
Games finished : 143781

Best game : # 140744

Top chess rating (active) : FEM Alberto Gueci, 2580
Top chess rating (playing) : FIM Ramil Germanes, 2510
Top advanced chess rating : FSM Herbert Kruse, 2648
Top big chess rating : Stephane Legrand, 2304
Top Go rating (active) : Heinz Georg Lehnhoff 1 dan, 2124
Top poker holdem rating : Nelson Bernal Varela, 2353


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 :

Denisov, Timofey        
Cruz Ramirez, Eliecer
Yakovlyev, Sergiy
Suwara, Kazimierz
Khachaturov, Vadim        
Schroeder, Christoph        
Guralivu, Paul
Lehnhoff, Heinz-Georg        
Autobello, Giovanni
Vasquez, Fernando        
Osipyants, Vladimir        
Ludgate, Alan        
Petrovich, Valery
Wosch, Arkadiusz        
Cirulis, Ilmars        
Bernal Varela, Nelson        
Boehme, Sebastian        
Perevozchikov, Vjacheslav        
Dyson, John        
Ligon, Scott        
Aahlad, Yeturu        
Ward, David        
Koivuniemi, Raimo        
Gounant, Stanislas        
Mirra, Theodore        
Sorbi, Luca        
Pech, Jaroslav        
Foster, Duncan        
Legrand, Stephane        
Kireev, Sergey        

This game was played at FICGS :

Last move : 1-0     2009 February 19   0:27:3

[Event "FICGS__CHESS__CLASS_B__000053"]
[Site "FICGS"]
[Date "2008.08.21"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Lopez,Victor"]
[Black "Jerez,Miriam"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1880"]
[BlackElo "1800"]

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 d6 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Nf3 Be6 7.Bxe6 fxe6 8.Nxe5 Ke7 9.Nc3 b6 10.Bf4 g6 11.O-O-O h5 12.Nxg6+ Kf7 13.Nxh8+ Kg7 14.Rd8 Kxh8 15.Rxf8+ Ng8 16.Bxc7 Kg7 17.Rxb8 Rxb8 18.Bxb8 a5 19.Rd1 Ne7 20.Rd7 Kf6 21.e5+ Kf7 22.Bd6 Ke8 23.Rxe7+ Kd8 24.Nb5 1-0

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