State of the Database, November 2013

Nov 30, 2013, 8:48 PM |






It has been quite a while since I post an update but here the latest version of the DHLC Slow Chess League games database, as at 30 November 2013, which is about to be uploaded. And with that, here is an update on the statistics from the games database.




Number of DHLC members:  3868 (up from 3078)


Number of games: 2270 (up from 1870)


Number of players: 613 (up from 505)


Percentage of DHLC members playing: 15.85%


Number of events: 135




Most active players (at least 25 games)





























There were 35 players on this list last month, it has grown to 45 this month. Not too surprising given that there an extra 400 games in the database in this time. You have continued to be busy!

Again it is nice to see new faces in there, and in the Slow Chess League overall.

Note that my cutoff of 25 games for this list is completely arbitrary, just in case anyone is wondering why that number is the minimum to be included as an active player. As the number of games and players grows, I will almost certainly increase the cutoff number so the list doesn't grow too large. Of course, anyone with Chessbase or another database program will be able to see the full list at any time.

No, I still haven't worked out an easy way to give you a list of the "winningest" players, those who have won the most games, and perhaps a list of our drawing masters.


Let's have some more pictures now. First, here is the overall win-loss record.














Here is a breakdown of the game lengths (this is by number of moves, not by time):














Want to know which openings are the most popular? Have a look at this then. You will need to have access to the ECO opening codes to understand the next graphs. There are many places on the internet where they can be found but the Wikipedia Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings page is as good a place to start as any. I have included a picture for each of the A - E major ECO codes.
































































 That's it from me for another database update. See you next time.