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Chess Statistics: Top 10 Best Openings for White and Black E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 31 August 2012 13:46

chess statisticsThere are many games of chess being played each minute and even each second. There are players who play online blitz chess for fun and there are those who play standard 2 hour time control chess to make a living (they are called Grandmasters). You know there are chess databases that store many of the games that were played, and therefore there is a pretty good statistics on those games, such as how many moves each game lasts, openings played, amount of draws, wins and losses…

Today we will take a look into chess statistics and see what openings can lead to the best results for white and which ones are more favorable for black. We will also see the list of top openings that lead to draws and which ones lead to least amount draws.

The tabled below were composed at ntlworld.com and much more useful chess statistics information can be found on that website 

White's Best 10 Openings (Based on White Win % + (Draw % x 0.5))

Rank Opening White Win % Draw % Points per 100 games
1 Queen's Gambit 40 36 58
2 Blackmar Diemer Gambit 49 16 57
3 Ruy Lopez 40 33 56.5
4 Bishop's Opening 41 30 56
5 Benko Opening 38 35 55.5
=5 Reti Opening 37 37 55.5
=5 Vienna Game 41 29 55.5
8 Centre Game 44 22 55
=8 English Opening 38 34 55
=8 Scotch Game 40 30 55

White's Worst 10 Openings (Based on White Win % + (Draw % x 0.5))

Rank Opening White Win % Draw % Points per 100 games
1 Van't Kruijs Attack 28 25 40.5
2 Anderssen's Opening 30 27 43.5
3 Grob Opening 36 18 45
4 Saragossa Opening 34 23 45.5
5 Bird's Opening 34 25 46.5
6 Polish Defense 38 23 49.5
7 Dunst Opening 36 28 50
=7 Anti-Veresov Opening 36 28 50
9 Colle System 35 31 50.5
10 Mieses Opening 39 24 51

Black's Best 10 Openings (Based on Black Win % + (Draw % x 0.5))

Rank Opening Black Win % Draw % Points per 100 games
1 Sicilian Defense 34 29 48.5
=1 Nimzo Indian 30 37 48.5
3 Robatsch Defense 33 29 47.5
4 Alekhine Defense 32 30 47
5 Nimzowitsch Defense 34 25 46.5
=5 Rat 30 33 46.5
7 Benko Gambit 32 28 46
=7 Modern Defense 31 30 46
=7 Queen's Indian Defense 25 42 46
10 Pseudo King's Indian 29 33 45.5

Black's Worst 10 Openings (Based on Black Win % + (Draw % x 0.5))

Rank Opening Black Win % Draw % Points per 100 games
1 Gunderam Defense 25 25 37.5
2 Polish Opening 28 23 39.5
3 St George's Defense 30 20 40
4 Budapest Gambit 27 27 40.5
=4 Philidor's Defense 27 27 40.5
6 Latvian Gambit 33 17 41.5
=6 Petroff's Defense 22 39 41.5
=6 Queenside Fianchetto 29 25 41.5
9 Bogo-Indian Defense 22 42 43
=9 Dutch Defense 28 30 43
=9 King's Indian 28 30 43

10 Most Drawn Openings

Rank Opening Draw (%)
1 Bogo-Indian Defense 42
=1 Queen's Indian Defense 42
3 Petroff's Defense 39
=3 Four Knight's Defense 39
5 Grunfeld Defense 37
=5 Nimzo Indian 37
=5 Reti Opening 37
8 Queen's Gambit 36
9 Benko Opening 35
=9 Three Knight's Defense 35

10 Least Drawn Openings

Rank Opening Draw (%)
1 Blackmar Diemer Gambit 16
=1 Blackmar Diemer Gambit (Delayed) 16
3 Latvian Gambit 17
4 Grob Opening 18
5 King's Gambit 20
=5 St George's Defense 20
7 Center Game 22
8 Polish Defense 23
=8 Polish Opening 23
=8 Saragossa Opening 23



Last Updated on Friday, 31 August 2012 13:50
 

Comments  

 
+1 #10 geetha krishna 2014-06-07 11:33
thanks a lot fr d info!infact searchng info on openings! :) tnx again
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0 #9 Mark 2014-06-07 09:01
Have we all forgotten the best opening for either white or black ? The name of that opening is - 'The opening your oponent feels most uncomfortable with.' :-)
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0 #8 rosalia50 2014-05-05 09:13
Thanks for sharding your thoughts on chess statistics.
Regards
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0 #7 Bertrand Wilson 2014-05-03 21:57
Benko Opening is 1.g3. (Admittedly, that is an obscure name for 1.g3!)
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0 #6 saghirahmed 2014-05-03 12:20
best knowlege
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+1 #5 Richard Davis 2014-05-03 12:08
Wow! The blackmar-diemer gambit is the 2nd best scoring opening for White? Really? I wouldn't have expected that especially as we never see in in GM play,
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+1 #4 heatsh 2014-04-11 19:52
@Rob Watson, I think you mess up between Benko Opening and Benko Gambit
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-1 #3 homoeporediensis 2014-04-11 17:44
The idea that the Robatsch/Rat/Modern defence are between the best openings for black is simply ridicolous! :lol:
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+6 #2 Rob Watson 2013-08-16 08:35
Interesting to see the Benko draws 35% when played by White, but only 28% when played by Black. I'd like to see the 7% of games where White plays the Benko but Black somehow doesn't. Also, White scores 55.5% with the Benko and Black scores 46%, totalling 101.5%; how?
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+9 #1 Howard Wachtel 2012-09-03 21:10
Whatis the difference between the Modern Defense, the "Rat", and the Robatsch Defense?

Also, what is the "Pseudo" Kings Indian and why is that on the top 10 list for Black but the ordinary Kings Indian is on the bottom 10 list?
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