My Chess Personality - Romantic!

Feb 12, 2014, 7:57 PM |

Took's Chess Personality Test at

My Results: I am a Romantic:

Romantics are full of good ideas. These ideas might be either positional or attacking, but they are always unusual and unique. The Romantic doesn't usually win by out-calculating his opponent, but rather finds some unexpected and unusual concept that his opponent didn't expect. Romantic players are very emotional and therefore can be very distraught when they lose, but their moodiness also means that when things are going well, they can be unstoppably brilliant.

Vassily Ivanchuk is a Romantic

Vassily Ivanchuk Vassily Ivanchuk (born 1969), the Ukrainian grandmaster, is a good example of a modern-day Romantic. A moody, brilliant genius, Ivanchuk is capable of beating anybody on the right day, but his results can be erratic. Ivanchuk's play is typified by its great humanity, and many call him one of the most talented players ever, ranking as high as #2 in the world at one point. Anand said of him: "You never know which mood he is going to be in. Some days he will treat you like his long-lost brother. The next day he ignores you completely. His playing style is unpredictable and highly original, making him more dangerous but sometimes leading to quick losses as well."


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I wanted to post my answers, but it was taking too long to reformat the text and images. 

What I take away from this? First, I think it is right on, and perhaps I get way too emotional.  I get VERY nervous right before tournaments, until I sit down at the board.  Sometimes I play against the player, and not the board. I play obscure gambits OTB for the psychological blow to the opponent (even if the gambits are totally unsound). I play aggressive attacking gambits in blitz (kings gambit and others) and only play forcing moves in blitz, trades or threats. 

Perhaps there is more to this personality, and perhaps I should pick a personality that is totally NOT mine (the reverse of all my answers?) and study the player more? Interested to branch out a bit!