Top 10 Most Popular Chess Websites in the World

There are thousands of chess websites in the world. You can find a site (and most likely not just one) that concentrates on any given aspect of the game: opening theory, studies, tactics, playing online, game database, etc.

Which of these websites are the most popular in the world of chess? Let’s find out!

The websites are ranked according to Alexa Inc. informational company rankings (as of March 16, 2014) which may not be 100% precise, but this is a pretty accurate estimate. Choose your best online chess.


Chessdom is a chess news website that covers recent events of professional chess, including the live broadcasts of major tournaments along with an engine analysis of the moves. It also has interviews, game analysis section, etc.


I’m pretty sure you are familiar with this website, especially if you’re reading this article right here and right now 🙂 offers many resources for improving chess players who wish to take their game to the next level. It provides weekly chess training tips, endgame and studies columns, recent tournaments analysis, what’s new in theory section, chess software/book reviews and much more.


2700chess is a website is dedicated to monitoring the live ratings of the top chess players in the world.


ChessPro is a most popular chess website in Russia and one of the most popular chess websites in the world. It offers a variety of different chess news columns, interviews with top players, theoretical overview, etc.

It also provides live broadcasts of major chess events with grandmaster commentary (available in Russian language).


ChessCube is a popular online chess-playing website with its own virtual currency that can be obtained by winning games and exchanged for different goodies such as video lectures, lessons, etc. at a local market place.

Note: this website was not present on the list, but it was inserted according to its rankings


ChessGames is a gigantic chess games database with more than 700,000 games. It’s constantly being updated with the newest games, making it a valuable resource for those who want to prepare for a specific opponent or just study the top players’ games.

It also provides an opening tree with different variations, commentary and analyses.


Chess-Results is a website dedicated to delivering results of the rated chess tournament (big and small) in a timely manner.


FIDE is an international organization that connects the various national chess federations around the world and acts as the governing body of international chess competition.


Gameknot is a popular and established online chess-playing website with more than 1.5 millions players.


ChessBase is the biggest chess website in the world which specializes exclusively on chess news. This is a number one destination of many chess players for knowing what’s going on in the world of professional chess.

It has an online store which sells the ChessBase database and the video lectures by top players.

#1. is currently the most popular website in the world which offers pretty much everything a chess player needs: online chess playing, video lectures, tactics trainer, forums, etc. It has more than 7 million members.

Most of the things available on the site are not free or limited if you don’t have a paid subscription.


Chess-links keeps track of top 500 chess websites’ ratings and posts them in a similar manner as 2700chess does for ELO of the top grandmasters

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Updated 11.10.2023


Not true. Lichess Date launched: 20 June 2010. Perhaps it was more primitive or less popular back then. But you can't say it didn't exist back then. If Lichess did not exist in 2014 there wouldn't be over 100+ thousand players online today. Site wouldn't have gained such rapid popularity in just 5 or 6 years. It is currently now the second largest behind
Thanks for the article, it's interesting. Unfortunately chesscude is not existing anymore. You might consider to re-update the list ;-) You can add my growing chess website Once again thanks for your cool content, Angelos
Yury Markushin:
This is a 2014 article, there was no lichess back then :) I agree, we need to update the info.
I agree. is one of the best and should be in the top 3!!!
chess player:
This list is terrible. 1/2 these sites have 2018 or older copywrites, and 1 or 2 year old news. Too much politics in chess and under the table alliances. Need a 100% unbiased chess news site with info as instant is live ratings - but less statistical than 2700chess.
toni: is one of the best and full free!
WARNING! WILL NOT allow you to delete your account. I found out the hard way. They tell you to just never log in! Plus, they were very rude when I asked why I couldn't delete my account. There, you have been warned.
Yury Markushin:
Check the date, it's back in 2014 :) Chess24 wasn't around yet.
Chessbase is not just news, it is coverage of current top tournaments.
Surprised me that chess24 is not more popular.
Hello Marco, ICC ( is rated in 80k range according to Alexa.
What about ICC? It's quite strange it dose 't appear in the ranking.
Congratulations to Yury with the 9th world-best placement !!! Go Chess !!! :-)
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