The Chess Personality Test

by Arne Kaehler
7/20/2020 – Tell me who you are, and I tell you which opening you should learn. I once made a similar personality study in my chess course on Skillshare and received a lot of nice comments about how fun it was. What better day to share a similar test than International Chess Day? Keep in mind, the whole test shouldn't be taken too seriously. It should be fun to think about yourself and what kind of openings you prefer to play, that's all. | Photos: Pixabay

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The Chess Personality Test

This is a visual personality test, defining which kind of openings you prefer to play. Kindly note that it is a fun test, but perhaps some glimpses of truth may shine through. I played this test with some colleagues and it was surprisingly accurate.

All you need to do is answer the six questions coming up and write down the chosen answer. You can also take a look at what all the other participants have chosen.

Car

Which of the shown cars would you identify with the most? Which car represents your character the best?

4X4

Mini

Classic

Sport

Car

Animal

Which of the shown animals would you identify with the most? Which animal represents your character the best?

Cat

Dog

Horse

Dolphin

Animal

Element

Which of the following elements do you prefer the most? Which element has a special connection to you?

Earth

Fire

Water

Air

Element

Shape

Which of the following shapes do you prefer the most? Which shape has a special connection to you?

Circle

Triangle

Square

Hexagon

Shape

White

Which of the four positions would you prefer to have the most as a White player. Which of the opening structures do you choose to have in a chess game?

White

Black

Which of the four positions would you prefer to have the most as a Black player. Which of the opening structures do you choose to have in a chess game?

Black


Results

That was it. You wrote down a car, an animal, an element, a shape and your preferred opening positions as White and Black.

In the table below, you can calculate your own personality. Just tally how many times you chose each letter and the one with the highest score will be the winner. Then check the openings we suggest you to look into or try out for the first time!

Car

Animal

Element

Shape

White

Black

4X4 = B Cat = C Earth = B Circle = D  1 = A 1 = D
Mini = D Dog = B Fire = C Triangle = C 2 = B 2 = C
Classic = A Horse = D Water = D Square = B 3 = D 3 = B
Sport = C Dolphin = A Air = A Hexagon = A 4 = C 4 = A

If you have chosen more than one letter equally, take a look at both (or even all three) options. You will simply have a wider repertoire!


Suggestions

A = Gambits & Uncommon Openings

(Adventurous, Freedom, Creative, Chaotic, Complicated, Experimental, Curious, Unusual)

Our suggestions:

B = Semi-Open Games & Flanking Games

(Disciplined, Dependable, Tactical, Strategical, Team Player, Dutiful, Theoretic, Solid)

Our suggestions:

C = Open Games

(Energetic, Talkative, Thoughtful, Sportive, Extrovert, Reliable, Powerful, Talented)

Our suggestions:

D = Closed Games, Fianchetto & Indian Defences

(Introvert, Emotional, Trustful, Safe, Joyful, Harmonic, Natural, Protective)

Our suggestions:




Arne Kaehler, a creative thinker who is passionate about board games in general was born in Hamburg and learned how to play chess at a very young age. Through teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess content on YouTube, Arne was able to extend this passion onto others and has even made an online chess course for anyone who wants to learn how to play this game. Currently, Arne blogs for the English news page of ChessBase and focuses on creating promotional and entertaining articles.

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Ferdyrojo Ferdyrojo 7/22/2020 02:25
Rather accurate test as it has to do with chess position.
tomk4 tomk4 7/21/2020 02:14
Poorly planned and executed. Pop-psychology at it's worst and a sad attempt at advertising.
evanpatchen evanpatchen 7/20/2020 11:44
Happy International Chess Day to all. This was fun.
pramj2016 pramj2016 7/20/2020 07:15
Nice concept for this article. And the assessment of my preference is rather accurate, Cheers!
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