The debate on which is the "best" chess website tends to be subjective and thus is inconclusive. On the other hand, the site that has the strongest players should be objectively ascertainable provided metrics are available.

So which is the strongest chess website in terms of:

  • Number of registered titled players (FM, WFM, IM, WIM, GM, WGM)
  • Number of active (routinely visit) titled players
  • Number of super-GMs (> 2800)
  • Or other verifiable metrics.
  • If your aim is to actually play against titled players you might have a higher chance at chess24 where they have (for members) regular "banter blitz" sessions with Peter Svidler, Jan Gustafsson, Pepe Cuenca and more. – user1583209 Feb 27 '17 at 9:36

ICC and playchess.com are definitely the top two in terms of the number of registered titled players who play actively.

I was able to find metrics on how many titled players are on ICC, seen here; I couldn't find the numbers for playchess, however they are similar. Many titled players play on both.

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    I wish ICC was better usability-wise, I Can't stand their UI. – Soufiane Hassou May 2 '12 at 13:17
  • I love the Blitzin UI, don't like Dasher as much. No problems using it, what don't you like? – Bort May 2 '12 at 13:18
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    The million $ question is how to get them here! – Binoj Antony May 2 '12 at 16:27
  • +1 for ICC. For non-programmer people, the command interface of blitzin is annoying. They keep trying to make it more GUI-based, but underneath it's always a command. – Eve Freeman May 22 '12 at 21:13

chess.com is definitely one of the contenders. If you're a member, you'd know that GM Carlsen, GM Caruana, GM Nakamura; to name a few, are quite active there.

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