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Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
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In 2013 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave overtook Fabiano Caruana as the most active top chess player

One of the common questions asked by chess fans is: "How many games per year should I play?". While the answer strongly depends on the player's personality and level, it is still worth taking a look at what the leading GMs are doing. We have been monitoring the tournament schedules of the world's top-20 players for the last 5 years and sharing our observations with you.

Data for years 2009-2012

Please read further to view the statistics for year 2013:

Sorted by January 1, 2014 FIDE rating:

Carlsen (2872) 61
Aronian (2812) 82
Nakamura (2789) 95
Kramnik (2787) 80
Topalov (2785) 61
Caruana (2782) 120
Grischuk (2777) 74
Gelfand (2777) 68
Anand (2773) 66
Karjakin (2759) 89
Svidler (2758) 88
Mamedyarov (2757) 64
Adams (2754) 74
Dominguez (2754) 65
Vachier-Lagrave (2745) 128
Ivanchuk (2739) 79

Bacrot (2738) 111

Vitiugov (2737) 66 

Giri (2734) 109

Wang Hao (2734) 79


Sorted by # of games, standard time control only:
 

Vachier-Lagrave (2745) 128

Caruana (2782) 120

Bacrot (2738) 111

Giri (2734) 109

Nakamura (2789) 95

Karjakin (2759) 89

Svidler (2758) 88

Aronian (2812) 82

Kramnik (2787) 80

Ivanchuk (2739) 79

Wang Hao (2734) 79

Grischuk (2777) 74

Adams (2754) 74

Gelfand (2777) 68

Anand (2773) 66

Vitiugov (2737) 66

Dominguez (2754) 65

Mamedyarov (2757) 64

Carlsen (2872) 61

Topalov (2785) 61


The median number of games per year is 79. It is interesting to compare it to the previous years:

2009: 74-75
2010: 66-67 (decreased by 8 games)
2011-2012: 60 (decreased by 6-7 games)
2013: 79 (increased by 19 games)

Natalia Pogonina played 54 standard time control games in 2013. How about you?

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