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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    "Chesspersonality" quiz

    Paul Cavezza posted a link to this in the shoutbox:

    http://www.chesspersonality.com

    Interesting to see what people make of it. Its first two reviewers on here have been nonplussed!

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    Technician. I don't regularly play any of the recommended openings (White: English Opening, Black: Sicilian Defense; Semi-Slav; Petrov Defense)
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

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    I'm a surgeon. Recommended openings are Ruby Lopez from both sides and queens gambit declined
    One day I'll put something clever here, but for now this will just have to do.

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    I came up with Prodigy which is hilarious. Opening recommendation was also either side of the Spanish, White side of the QG or black side of the Sicilian and Grunfeld. Some of the questions were pretty silly and could have gone either way but mostly I could see what they were after and I tried to answer as accurately as possible.
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    well there's a lot of variety here, I got 'professional'.

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    Apparently I'm a Grinder & Karpov is the model grinder ... Queen's Gambit & Caro-Kann being the recommended repertoire - I suppose I play 1.d4 most of the time ...

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    Obviously this is a chess spin-off of the MBTI in psychology. Still fun to do, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind View Post
    I came up with Prodigy which is hilarious. Opening recommendation was also either side of the Spanish, White side of the QG or black side of the Sicilian and Grunfeld. Some of the questions were pretty silly and could have gone either way but mostly I could see what they were after and I tried to answer as accurately as possible.
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    I wonder if an issue with the opening recommendations is that people tend to choose openings for reasons that don't always relate to style. The idea of learning a new opening because it suits our style marginally better is a pretty unattractive one if we've spent a long time learning something else. Indeed to say the French suits my style is sort-of circular because my playing style probably arose from playing those sorts of positions so much. (Some might say it doesn't suit my style since I'm too lazy for it!) The reason I started playing the French was nothing to do with style; it was that as a relatively weak junior I didn't like two things about 1.e4 e5 - protecting e5 and protecting f7.

    I got "Natural" this time and something totally different last time. A lot of the questions involved sorts of positions I'd not be seen in for either side.
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    The 16 "chess personalities" match up with the 16 possible combinations of the sliders being at the extremities of the sliding scales. Presumably each slider starts in a central position and moves one place to one end or the other depending on the answer to a relevant question. The program then determines which personality combination is closest. However, my answers resulted in the "Professional" personality when the sliders were actually much closer to the "Prodigy" position. So, I'm not sure what's going on there. Am I a Botvinnik or a Carlsen? Not sure what either label means for my chess, in any case.

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    I came out as a Magician. The archetypal one is Tal. But I think this is a bit misleading as although I attack when I see the opportunity, I don't always focus on attack. I think the positions given oriented me in that direction. The quiz is not worth much IMHO.
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    The recommended openings for Magicians are surprisingly close to my usual repertoire. Ruy Lopez for White (a sound opening and I note recommended for other personalities too) and Sicilian and KID for Black. I used to play KID but have switched mostly to Dutch which I think also suits Magicians.
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    God exists. Short and to the point.

    Secretary of, and regularly arbiter at, Rooty Hill RSL Chess Club. See www.rootyhillchessclub.org.

    Psephological insight. "Controversial will only lose you votes. Courageous will lose you the election." Sir Humphrey Appleby on Yes Minister.

    Favorite movie line: Girl friend Cathy to Jack Ryan in "Sum of all Fears". "What kind of emergency does an historian have?".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    I came out as a Magician. The archetypal one is Tal. But I think this is a bit misleading as although I attack when I see the opportunity, I don't always focus on attack. I think the positions given oriented me in that direction. The quiz is not worth much IMHO.
    Actually, I think it just means I don't calculate enough. As is well known, Tal said there are sound sacrifices and there are Tal ones. He generally won with the latter though!
    God exists. Short and to the point.

    Secretary of, and regularly arbiter at, Rooty Hill RSL Chess Club. See www.rootyhillchessclub.org.

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    Favorite movie line: Girl friend Cathy to Jack Ryan in "Sum of all Fears". "What kind of emergency does an historian have?".

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    Oddly, I came out as a mastermind (along with Alekhine?!). The opening recommendations were Ruy Lopez for both W and B, Queen's Gambit for W and French for B. Of those I have only ever played the Ruy once in a tournament game about 40 years ago in about 60 years of playing and I gave up the French for good about 50 years ago because it doesn't suit my style. I'm an avid Sicilian fan and always have been. I almost always play 1.d4 as W. One weakness of the survey is that that doesn't at all mean I'll play a Queen's Gambit nor, frequently, have I the choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denis_Jessop View Post
    I almost always play 1.d4 as W. One weakness of the survey is that that doesn't at all mean I'll play a Queen's Gambit nor, frequently, have I the choice.
    However, if you saw the same questions as I did, then you would have been well placed to answer the question: "When you play 1.d4 do you hope your opponent replies with 1... d5 or 1... f5 ?" I almost never play 1.d4 but did play it by accident once when I meant to play 1.c4.
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