[Solved] SQL Server table with 100k records, 2 Inner Joins Extremely Slow

How to optimize this SQL query?

In case you have your own slow SQL query, you can optimize it automatically here.

For the query above, the following recommendations will be helpful as part of the SQL tuning process.
You'll find 3 sections below:

  1. Description of the steps you can take to speed up the query.
  2. The optimal indexes for this query, which you can copy and create in your database.
  3. An automatically re-written query you can copy and execute in your database.
The optimization process and recommendations:
  1. Avoid Selecting Unnecessary Columns (query line: 2): Avoid selecting all columns with the '*' wildcard, unless you intend to use them all. Selecting redundant columns may result in unnecessary performance degradation.
  2. Create Optimal Indexes (modified query below): The recommended indexes are an integral part of this optimization effort and should be created before testing the execution duration of the optimized query.
Optimal indexes for this query:
CREATE INDEX match_players_idx_lineup_id ON match_players (lineup_id);
CREATE INDEX match_teams_idx_match_id ON match_teams (match_id);
The optimized query:
        matches AS m 
        match_teams AS t 
            ON m.id = t.match_id 
        match_players AS p 
            ON t.id = p.lineup_id

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