Myers-Briggs Types and Chess

  • #101

    We'll put you in the long-winded category.

  • #102

    nemo ?

  • #103

    or maybe a relative.

  • #104

    Hello folks. I'm an INTJ. I'm also a personality-theory hobbyist. The first post I noticed here outlined four dichotomies (NF, NT, SF, and SP) which doesn't really do well to differentiate types of people in chess or in any other matter. But anyways, figured I'd chime in on a topic that you all may find interesting.


    Some people focus on a logical "way of thinking" called "Ti." This is a focus on logical systems, rules, and laws. xNTPs, xSFJs, xSTPs, and xNFJs all share this focus, and thus will often perform better playing positional as opposed to tactical games; they will identify systems of attack (openings) and general principles (passed pawns, outposts, etc.) as strategic rules to achieve, and pursue them accordingly.


    The other half of the people will focus more on "Te." From this vantage point, rules and laws are less important while points of efficiency and leverage are focused. These individuals will often perform better tactically, and play more varied games. They will likely try gambits and sacrificial plays. xNTJs, xNFPs, xSFPs, and xSTJs are all Te-types.


    Neither Ti nor Te has anything to do with training, memory, IQ, or other arbitrary factors which people like to try and associate with personality--so anyone can be successful playing any way. But there will be tendencies and patterns if you know what to look for!

  • #105

    I'm an EIEIO. I have an oink oink here and an oink oink there.

  • #106

    I'm an ENFP any other NF chess players out there? I realize this is an NT past time.

  • #107

    ENTP and INTJ would be best at chess in my opinion because both have inuitive functions at the top of their functional stacks, hence seeing the bigger picture better than other types, whilst also having a thinking function second on their functional stacks, giving them a rational mindest to each problem. ENTJ and INTP as well as ENFP and INFJ would also be quite good, but not as much as the first two, I would imagine. I am an INTP and MBTI types are more than a mixture of just 4 dichotomies. You must look at the functions to truly understand MBTI.  

  • #108

    Well said krazy21.  As an INTJ, and having been a programmer/analyst now cataloging librarian, you describe the levels of functions well.

  • #109

    Chess obsessive and INTJ. 

  • #110
    Depending on the test, I'm either an ENFJ or INFJ. I'm not an outgoing person, but I get energized after being around a lot of people.
  • #111
    Thus the E or I question
  • #112

    I don't believe there's any logic in classifying all personalities into sixteen types. Doesn't make sense to me. I don't think everyone is necessarily either clearly introverted or clearly extroverted, or some of these other things. 

  • #113

    I'm a Myers-Briggs guy - I regularly shop at Myer and I frequently use trains like Biggs did.

  • #114
    I am ISTJ.
  • #115

    XNTJ. I think any NT type would be drawn to chess because of the competitiveness and and problem solving. Any type could be good at it.

  • #116
    dpnorman wrote:

    I don't believe there's any logic in classifying all personalities into sixteen types.

    I'm inclined to think there is rather too much logic in it!

  • #117

    The best of the world was probably ENTJ

  • #118
    Haha, of course you're all INTPs. I play chess in a club and every person there is either an ENTP or INTP. Occasionally you'll get the odd ENFJ or INFJ (like me) in there because we fancy the Ti aspect of chess, but, I can never beat the XNTPs.
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