The world’s largest chess site is so popular, fans can’t play right now

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Today one can still feel the golden days (if ever) of the covid pandemic with the resurgence of online chess. However, the world’s largest chess website has fallen victim to the success of the game of kings as its servers are struggling to keep up with the game’s online popularity.

Yesterday,, the first platform for online chess matches, launched a official statement in a blog post address why their servers are having trouble, why the game is so popular, and how they plan to troubleshoot the site’s database, according to computer gamer.

According to, traffic to the site has doubled since December, which has helped the app skyrocket to become the second most popular free game in the iOS app store in the United States. During the five days of January, set a new site record for active members and achieved one million visits from Google for the first time on January 19. set a site record for the first time. web site with 31,700,000 games played as of January 20. Player growth shows no sign of slowing as the site regularly sees more than a million games played every hour. said the chess boom was the result of “blockades, Pogchamps and Queen’s Gambit on Netflix.” Highlighting the game’s popularity over the past three years is the acknowledged soccer player photo Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo playing gamesthe infamous anal nut scandaland host popular streamers eccentric chess tournament.

“Back when chess first exploded during the COVID lockdown, our servers struggled to handle the traffic. We have invested heavily in hardware and other innovations that allow us to scale,” the statement reads. “When Queen’s Gambit The boom happened, we experienced a huge increase in traffic, mostly with no service interruptions.”'s graphic for daily active users in January.

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To further explain how much stress the Chess servers are under, added a chart of the site’s daily active members. According to the site, there are more than 250,000 new accounts created each day. In addition to servers having to account for thousands of players commenting and chatting during matches, the database must also contend with the staggering 16,000 chess moves made per second on average.

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While technically has a good problem on its hands, it’s still a problem that’s kept its database locked under the pressure of its concurrent player base. In fact, as of this writing, landing page not working due to data overload.

Screenshot of the error message on the landing page.

I was about to look up a chess-related pun and forgot lol. I am part of the problem. Ah, Eto… Bleh.
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“To address the challenges our database is facing, we are splitting the database tables, splitting the database, and in-memory services. We are also working to remove the most problematic database of users and gameplay. Each of these takes time because there is SO MUCH DATA to move,” wrote “We are also doing more research.”graceful’ fail so that if everything goes sideways and everything dries up, we can recover faster and with less disruption.” ended its blog post by reassuring players that it will be rolling out “shorter-term fixes today” to stabilize players’ online experience and have a decent experience. and much better this weekend. Other major updates will be made in the next two to three weeks.

“We love you, we feel you, we apologize, and we are doing our best to get back to stability and provide the best experience possible—today and in the future, when we hit 15 million or even 20 million chess players in one day,” wrote “Chess is amazing, and it is a pleasure to share this game with all of you.”


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