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  1. 15 Dec '07 12:53
    I was thinking to myself, what are the different playing styles and what characterises them? Most would say there is just two styles - tactical and positional but I have come to the conclusion that there are, in fact, distinct sub groups which I will list here but would like anybody who thinks they know something I have missed to add to this topic.

    The Hacker: A very aggressive type who does not believe in any sort of positional play. Will often try and win soon after the opening and sacrifices complete development of pieces in order to launch some sort of early attack. Expect sacrifices and early aggressive pawn thrusts (such as h4 or g4). Usually, can be dealt with by surviving through to the later stages of the game where their weakened pawn structures let them down.

    The Psyco: The most aggressive of all - a player who considers checkmate as the only way to end a game and will try and gain the initiative at all times, no matter what the material cost. Be wary of letting your guard down, as they will almost always find a swindle even when in a bad position. They often specialise in gambit openings, and those that do are especially tricky to deal with while they are in 'book'.
    The most effective way to deal with these types is a counterattack as soon as possible as they absolutely hate being on the defensive side and will often defend recklessly.

    The Grinder: A very positional player (tending to be the type who plays 1.d4,c4 or Nf3) who is willing to block almost the entire board up with solid pawn structures, then try and slowly creep his pieces towards you, giving as few opportunities as possible for the game to open.
    Difficult to deal with when they have white, but if they are black then creating openings often confuses them as they are used to activity being concentrated in a single area of the board.

    The Disruptor: Probably the most irritating type of player - they tend to be the ones who make annoying early pawn moves instead of developing pieces in order to mess up the structure somehow. They will also be the sorts of players who attempt to slow down their opponents development in any way possible. They tend towards tactical play, but also can be dangerous positional players too.

    The Blocker: The kind of player whose only plan is to prevent his opponant from doing anything - sometimes plays offbeat systems to avoid any complications, but is quite willing to take advantage of any mistakes made by a frustrated opponent. Dealing with these types can be hard as they are usually good defenders, but they tend to break down once the position becomes unbalanced.
  2. Standard member sydsad
    Poet
    15 Dec '07 13:27
    Nice post!!
  3. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    15 Dec '07 14:02 / 1 edit
    the old man: a draw is just as good as a win for this guy, and in fear of complications or any kind of action in the position, he will exchange everything down given half a chance. lock the pawns and suck the life out of the game like the vampire he is. he's not about winning, he's about drawing.
  4. Standard member bannedplayer306509
    Best Loser
    15 Dec '07 14:56
    Guess that makes me the psycho.

    Or do I get my own category..

    the Ih8sen - would sacrifice his king if it looked cool .
  5. 15 Dec '07 15:06
    Nice post, though I think you need a few more categories. I'll add one:

    The exchanger: plays for a small positional advantage and an early end game where he will try and grind that out for a win. Happiest in openings like the Ruy Lopez exchange and the main line Caro-Kann. Similar to the "old man" except this player is out to win.
  6. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    15 Dec '07 15:49
    Originally posted by scandium
    Nice post, though I think you need a few more categories. I'll add one:

    The exchanger: plays for a small positional advantage and an early end game where he will try and grind that out for a win. Happiest in openings like the Ruy Lopez exchange and the main line Caro-Kann. Similar to the "old man" except this player is out to win.
    the 'capablanca' might be a good name for that one as well.
  7. 15 Dec '07 15:59
    I'm a grinder! Yikes!
  8. 16 Dec '07 04:09
    I do all those things:'(
  9. 16 Dec '07 06:34 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Tyrannosauruschex
    I was thinking to myself, what are the different playing styles and what characterises them? Most would say there is just two styles - tactical and positional but I have come to the conclusion that there are, in fact, distinct sub groups which I will list here but would like anybody who thinks they know something I have missed to add to this topic. are usually good defenders, but they tend to break down once the position becomes unbalanced.
    I guess I'm a "Psyco" since I've always considered checkmate the only way to end a game. Flagging is lame. ;p But seriously, I think I have an aggressive style while also very much emphasizing positional elements. I'm a fairly balanced player.

    Here's another:

    The Counterpuncher: This player will allow seemingly dangerous attacks and defend tenaciously hoping that as soon as the opponent's attack runs out of steam, he can launch his own attack while taking advantage of the lack of coordination in his opponent's camp. Korchnoi often plays like this as did Petrosian.
  10. 16 Dec '07 06:46
    Originally posted by exigentsky
    I guess I'm a "Psyco" since I've always considered checkmate the only way to end a game. Flagging is lame. ;p But seriously, I think I have an aggressive style while also very much emphasizing positional elements. I'm a fairly balanced player.

    Here's another:

    The Counterpuncher: This player will allow seemingly dangerous attacks and defend tenaciou ...[text shortened]... of coordination in his opponent's camp. Korchnoi often plays like this as did Petrosian.
    Petrosian was a blocker
  11. 16 Dec '07 06:48
    "Psycho"

    Thank you.
  12. 16 Dec '07 06:50
    Originally posted by cmsMaster
    "Psycho"

    Thank you.
    you fit under the "sucks" style


    sucks:can't play chess worth a damn
  13. 16 Dec '07 06:52
    Originally posted by tomtom232
    you fit under the "sucks" style


    sucks:can't play chess worth a damn
    Looks like you got me!
  14. Standard member Freidenker
    Mad scientist
    16 Dec '07 06:55
    It would be 'Capablanca' for me.
  15. 16 Dec '07 07:01
    Originally posted by tomtom232
    Petrosian was a blocker
    He's not so easy to classify. I think he was both. He certainly used propyhylactic play a lot to defend but then launched his own attacks after his opponent fell apart.