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Paris,   2018 March 23   12:10:24             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 March 01)

Google Pagerank : 4

Alexa traffic rank (world) : 796,238
Keyword : "correspondence chess"

Google rank : 26
Yahoo rank : 9

Google rank "chess" : ?
Google rank "internet chess" : 81

Total statistics :

Members : 11064
Members (active) : 568
Forum posts : 12561
Wikichess : 151922
Games : 102769
Games finished : 100779

Best game : # 95671

Top chess rating (established & active) : GM Carlos Obregon, 2512
Top advanced chess rating : FSM Igor Dolgov, 2507
Top big chess rating : Stephane Legrand, 2253
Top Go rating (active) : Yen-Wei Huang 6 dan, 2602
Top poker holdem rating : Nelson Bernal Varela, 2364


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 :

Joubert, Hennie        
Bernal Varela, Nelson        
Dusk, Jerzy        
Farnik, Kym        
Kopasov, Evgeny        
Mertens, Michel
Pineda, Ulises
Tkac, Patrik
Sanchez Palencia, Gonzalo
Oortwijn, Ron        
Pareschi, Remo        
Hernandez, David
Hamby, Stephen        
Bergmann, Michael
Greenberg, Normund
Yarkov, Evgeny        
Legrand, Stephane        
Hilbert, Stephan J.
Teverovski, Bogoljub        
Khanas, Valeriy        
Niglio, Biagio
Laliga, Olivier
Cirulis, Ilmars        
Jabot, Daniel
Lehnhoff, Heinz-Georg        
Cease, Dion        
Denisenkov, Valentin        
Sorbi, Luca        
Pandey, Manoj
Praz, Sylvain        
Kerr, Graham
Schroeder, Christoph        
Giordanino, Claudio        
Uzdin, Sergey        
Duenas, Alexis        
Denisov, Timofey        
Archip, Laurentiu
Fric, Lubos        
Churyaev, Alexey

This game was played at FICGS :

  de Vassal
Three of a kind   (wins)

          + 28
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Three of a kind


Points : 3  out of  3    

Dealer     Blind: 1
chips : 99       pot : 1

Points : 2  out of  3    

Round: 6   Hand: 1
chips : 98       pot : 2
All in
Raise >

Last move : 0-1     2011 February 5   14:3:9

[Site "FICGS"]
[Date "2010.10.27"]
[Round "1"]
[Player 1 "Kehayov,Yulian"]
[Player 2 "de Vassal,Thibault"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Rating 1 "2041"]
[Rating 2 "2140"]





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