FIDE Chess Network


  • Kristijan Breznik International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia
  • Vladimir Batagelj Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Ljubljana, Slovenia



The game of chess has a long and rich history. In the last century it has been closely connected to the world chess federation FIDE1. This paper analyses all of the rated chess games published on the FIDE website from January 2008 to September 2010 with network analytic methods. We discuss some players and game properties, above all the portion of games played between the world’s best chess players and the frequency of games among
countries. Additionally, our analysis confirms the already known advantage of white pieces in the game of chess. We conclude that some modifications in the current system should appear in the near future.


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How to Cite

Breznik, K., & Batagelj, V. (2016). FIDE Chess Network. Austrian Journal of Statistics, 40(4), 225–239.