Lichess Titled Arena in Numbers
The April 2020 Titled Arena felt much bigger than any of the previous ones. I wanted to pursue this feeling and see how it really turned out. And since I already had to download all the data I went on and tried to find out other interesting facts.
Let’s start with something simple: the number of players per arena.
Wow… what a surge for April 2020. More than twice as many players as in the most popular previous arena. And the trend continues for the May blitz arena.
What score did it take to get first?
Magnus Carlsen created a high limit in the second and third arena with 199 points each, which nobody has been able to cross so far. In december 2018, and september 2019 the results were particularly close with 1 point difference between the first and second. Interestingly, Magnus Carlsen came second twice with two and one point difference to the first.
The results in a table:
What about the average rating?
Here we see three big rating drops for the Chess960 arenas, but also for the regular arena in April 2020. Maybe many new titled players haven’t had time to get a good rating yet? But we also see how the rating has continued to rise over time.
Three arenas with high berserk percentages. The February 19 and September 19 Chess960 arena and the Blitz Arena in May 20. Looks like Grandmasters don’t like to see more than a minute on their clock.