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World’s Largest Chess Website Is So Common, Followers Cannot Play Now

A golden chess piece stands in front of a burning business chart

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The halcyon days (if there ever have been any) of the covid pandemic can nonetheless be felt right now with the resurging recognition of on-line chess. Nonetheless, the world’s largest chess web site has turn into a sufferer of the king’s sport’s success as a result of its servers are struggling to satisfy the sport’s on-line recognition.

Yesterday, Chess.com, the premiere platform for on-line chess matches, issued an official assertion in a weblog put up that addressed why their servers are struggling, why the sport’s gotten so widespread, and the way they plan on fixing the web site’s database crashes, in accordance with PC Gamer.

Based on Chess.com, site visitors for the web site has doubled since December, which has skyrocketed the app towards being the second hottest free sport within the iOS app retailer within the US. For 5 days in January, Chess.com set new web site data for lively members and reached a million visits from Google for the primary time on January 19. Chess.com set a web site file of 31,700,000 video games performed on January 20. The inflow of gamers exhibits no signal of slowing seeing as how the location commonly has a couple of million video games performed an hour.

Chess.com mentioned the chess increase got here because of “lockdowns, Pogchamps, and The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix.” Standouts for the sport’s recognition over the course of the final three years are the admittedly baller picture of soccer gamers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo taking part in the sport, the notorious anal bead scandal, and widespread streamers internet hosting wacky chess tournaments.

“Again when chess first started booming through the COVID lockdown, our servers struggled to deal with the site visitors. We made plenty of investments in {hardware} and different enhancements that allowed us to scale,” Chess.com’s assertion wrote. “When The Queen’s Gambit increase occurred, we skilled one other large improve in site visitors, principally with out interruptions in service.”

Chess.com's graphic for daily active users in January.

Image: Chess.com /Kotaku

To further explain how much stress the Chess servers are under, Chess.com 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 Chess.com database must also contend with the staggering 16,000 chess moves made per second on average.

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Whereas Chess.com technically has a very good downside on its palms, it’s nonetheless an issue nonetheless that causes its databases to buckle underneath the stress of its concurrent participant base. In reality, when writing up this text, the Chess.com touchdown web page was down due to a knowledge overload.

A screenshot of the error message on Chess.com's landing page.

I used to be gonna search for a chess-related pun and forgot lol. I’m part of the issue. Ah, Eto… Bleh.
Screenshot: Chess.com / Kotaku

“To handle the challenges our databases are experiencing, we’re separating database tables, sharding databases, and placing companies in reminiscence. We’re additionally engaged on cleaving off our most problematic database with customers and gameplay. Every of this stuff takes time as a result of there may be SO MUCH DATA to maneuver round,” Chess.com wrote. “We’re additionally engaged on extra “sleek” failures in order that if issues do go sideways and every part is exhausted, we are able to recuperate extra rapidly and with much less interruption.”

Chess.com ended its weblog put up by reassuring gamers that it might be rolling out “extra short-term fixes right now” that ought to stabilize gamers’ on-line expertise and have a significantly better and extra secure expertise by later this week. Different main updates will probably be applied within the subsequent two to a few weeks.

“We love you, we really feel you, we’re sorry, and we’re working as laborious as we are able to to return to stability and supply the very best expertise—right now and sooner or later, after we attain 15 million and even 20 million folks taking part in chess in a day,” Chess.com wrote. “Chess is unbelievable, and it’s a pleasure to share this sport with all of you.”



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