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Paris, 2020 December 3 21:26:27 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 November 01)
Google Pagerank : 4
Alexa traffic rank (world) : 565,128
Keyword : "correspondence chess"
Google rank : 66
Yahoo rank : 6
Google rank "chess" : ?
Google rank "internet chess" : ?
Google rank "play chess online" : ?
Google rank "play chess app" : 13
Total statistics :
Members : 13237
Members (active) : 381
Forum posts : 13087
Wikichess : 194367
Games : 127671
Games finished : 125934
Best game : # 124236
Top chess rating (active) : GM Eros Riccio, 2620
Top chess rating (playing) : GM Eros Riccio, 2620
Top advanced chess rating : FSM Herbert Kruse, 2648
Top big chess rating : Stephane Legrand, 2300
Top Go rating (active) : Don Groves 2 dan, 2289
Top poker holdem rating : Herbert Kruse, 2346
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 :
Massimini Gerbino, Massimiliano
Bernal Varela, Nelson
This game was played at FICGS :
Last move : 1/2-1/2 2007 May 11 18:42:54
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.e3 Nf6 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Bxd7+ Nxd7 8.O-O Be7 9.Nc3 cxd4 10.exd4 O-O 11.Nxd5 exd5 12.a3 Nf6 13.b4 b5 14.Ne5 Qc7 15.Bd2 Bd6 16.Rc1 Qe7 17.Re1 Ne4 18.Bf4 Rac8 19.Nc6 Qd7 20.Ne5 Bxe5 21.Bxe5 Rxc1 22.Qxc1 f6 23.Qc7 1/2-1/2
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