The State of the Database

Jul 21, 2013, 5:23 AM |

The latest version of the DHLC Slow Chess League games database has just been uploaded. In future, I plan to upload them within a few days of the publication of the DHLC newsletter; this month, that is due next Thursday.


I thought I'd give you some statistics from the database. Not everyone is possibly as interested in these numbers as I am but I hope that some of you find them of at least passing interest.


Number of games: 1520

Number of players: 433

Number of events: 107

This is probably not entirely accurate, I think that I have some incorrect event spellings to fix, which will drop this by a few. But for a group that has only been going for a year, I think that is pretty impressive.


Most active players (at least 25 games):

Player Number of Games
strickland420 55
zuzwang67 55
Okieman888 45
akam129 44
oleppedersen 44
tonifa 43
Dr_Cris_Angel 42
Eris_Discordia 40
Eternal_Patzer  38
Abhishek2 37
game_of_chess  37
AinaPuke 35
Lavner 35
EyeAm 34
JRTK73 31
nate23 31
vaiuuii 28
dgross9 27
sara_manju  26
hreedwork  25
















We have here players of very diverse ratings and chess experience! What does this all mean? I have no idea, but I suspect that they arealmost  all players who love the game and want to enjoy their time here at the DHLC.

I had planned on also giving you a list of the "winningest" players, those who have won the most games, and perhaps a list of our drawing masters but I haven't yet worked out how to get those statistics from the Chessbase database. We'll see what I come up with for next month. Until then, if there is a more experienced or knowledgeable Chessbase user out there who knows how to do that, please let me know.


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

















Here is a breakdown of the game lengths:

















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 thie next graph. 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 only included the graphic for the A section of the openings classifications. Do you want them all? If so, let me know and I will include all of them when I next do an update.



















That's it for this time. I am sure that there are many other statistics just waiting to be extracted from the database. Let me know if there is anything else you would like to see. Or even better, since you all have access to the same data as me, surprise and enlighten us all by finding something of interest.