Round 1 of Tal Memorial is record day so far for 2009
Chessdom.com achieved a record day of 2009 during round 1 of Tal Memorial. A total of 110 000 users joined the site for the coverage of the event, viewing close to 300 000 articles and pages of the site in 24 hours period. The visitors came from 139 countries and territories, and each of them spent average 12 minutes on the site.
These statistics improve the records set by Topalov – Kamsky’s highest day by 12% on number of unique visitors, and the Kasparov – Karpov’s blitz games by 17% on the same data, setting the new Chessdom record for 2009.
The numbers, however, are still far from the achieved during the ECC 2008 and the match Anand – Kramnik, but there is high possibility to attract even more interest during the upcoming World Cup 2009.
The Chessdom/ChessBomb live arena
The Tal Memorial is the first major competition for the new analysis tool of Chessdom live.chessdom.com. It was accepted well by the users attracting 21 000 unique viewers. 600 new members created accounts and posted a total of 3500 comments together with famous commentators and grandmasters.
Friday commentary will be led by GM Christian Bauer, who will be joined by IM Perunovic, GM Safarli, NM Karagianis, and Jason Juett. Special appearances in the next several days are expected by the World Junior Champion GM Maxime Vachier Lagrave, and the top 100 GMs Baadur Jobava, GM Kiril Georgiev, and many more titled players.