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Paris, 2019 July 19 4:9:28 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 (2019 July 01)
Google Pagerank : 4
Alexa traffic rank (world) : 648,143
Keyword : "correspondence chess"
Google rank : 29
Yahoo rank : 4
Google rank "chess" : ?
Google rank "internet chess" : 86
Google rank "play chess online" : 74
Total statistics :
Members : 12379
Members (active) : 460
Forum posts : 12937
Wikichess : 175135
Games : 117021
Games finished : 115660
Best game : # 95671
Top chess rating (active) : FSM Herbert Kruse, 2756
Top chess rating (playing) : FSM Herbert Kruse, 2756
Top advanced chess rating : FSM Herbert Kruse, 2648
Top big chess rating : Stephane Legrand, 2286
Top Go rating (active) : Yen Wei Huang 4 dan, 2492
Top poker holdem rating : Nelson Bernal Varela, 2283
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 :
Bernal Varela, Nelson
Velasco, Jose Maria
This game was played at FICGS :
Last move : 1-0 2019 May 26 2:25:50
1.Nf3 Nc6 2.e4 f5 3.exf5 Nf6 4.d4 d5 5.Bd3 Qd6 6.O-O Nb4 7.Nc3 Nxd3 8.Qxd3 Bd7 9.Ne5 O-O-O 10.Nf7 Qc6 11.Nxh8 Re8 12.Nf7 g6 13.fxg6 hxg6 14.Ne5 Qd6 15.Qxg6 Qe6 16.Nxd7 Kxd7 17.Bf4 c6 18.h3 Kd8 19.Rae1 Qg8 20.Qf5 Qh7 21.Qe5 Qxc2 22.Qc7+ 1-0
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