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  1. 19 Sep '10 13:22
    Does chess reveal the type of person that you are? Meaning if you are an agressive person you play attacking chess. If you are an easy going person you play a certain style etc...

    Opine please.
  2. 19 Sep '10 13:33
    It reveals how well you can handle frustration. It reveals who graceful a loser you are.

    At lower levels it reveals how prone you are to tunnel vision.

    At upper levels it reveals whether or not you have a photographic memory.

    I'm not sure about the aggressive thing. I'm sure that has something to do with your understanding of chess and how well you handle defeat.
  3. 19 Sep '10 15:07
    Some of the most aggressive chess players in history
    were in 'real' life very timid and polite people.

    Not sure about the reverse as players who have a timid quiet style
    shying away from tactics ALL THE TIME never become famous enough
    for me to cast a judgement.

    Some GM's have a quiet almost boring style, but when needs must
    they can hack and slash with the best of them.

    The timid casual player who never gets his hands dirty just
    stays a low ranking player getting no better or no worse.

    Chess is a very violent game, all kinds of personalities play it well.
    Some I hear even enjoy it.
  4. 19 Sep '10 15:58 / 1 edit
    if you play a lot, it shows at least that you are a frustrated maniac (like me), i.e. someone who enjoys repetition :
    playing for years and years the exact same game, isn't this extremely vicious?
  5. 19 Sep '10 22:02
    That you like exams?

    A decent otb match always feels like one to me but i dont need to put in the revision.
  6. 21 Sep '10 19:41
    Originally posted by chesstora
    Does chess reveal the type of person that you are?
    No.

    But it does reveal that my chess playing ability has a long way to go. And that I need to stop getting 'trapped' in my opponents thinking. If that makes any sense.
  7. 21 Sep '10 19:44
    My games show that I move too quickly and make lots of blunders.
  8. 21 Sep '10 21:14
    Originally posted by chesstora
    Does chess reveal the type of person that you are? Meaning if you are an agressive person you play attacking chess. If you are an easy going person you play a certain style etc...

    Opine please.
    Imo the way you play shows your attitude towards the game.No more,no less.

    toet.
  9. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    22 Sep '10 13:16
    I have no clue what I reveal about myself, but I definitely get a notion about my opponents in OTB. Sometimes you can predict what move a player will play- it's a weird feeling. Sometimes I hazard a move that is objectively not the strongest but I have a notion about how they will respond.

    There are guys now I have played 3-4 times and I can sit down and prepare an opening for them and guess about 90% correctly what they will play pretty much the entire game.

    Makes me wonder if they know what I will play, because I don't- haha.
  10. Standard member thesonofsaul
    King of the Ashes
    22 Sep '10 13:39
    Originally posted by Tiwaking
    No.

    But it does reveal that my chess playing ability has a long way to go. And that I need to stop getting 'trapped' in my opponents thinking. If that makes any sense.
    That makes perfect sense, actually. The moment I realize that my opponent is playing my game, that is, reacting to my moves as if I'm leading a dance, I know that my chance of victory is high.

    Perhaps chess can reveal if we are followers or leaders?