How can you improve your chess?

What could you do, if anything, to improve your chess? Should you improve your opening skills? Does the endgame deserve more attention? Do you need to improve your tactical skills? Or is it something else entirely that needs to be changed?

This is a fairly short quiz, but is should give you a good idea which aspect of your play needs attention. Find out what you need to change and have fun!

Created by: Crazychessplaya
1. What is your age?
Under 18 Years Old
18 to 24 Years Old
25 to 30 Years Old
31 to 40 Years Old
41 to 50 Years Old
51 to 60 Years Old
Over 60 Years Old
2. What is your gender?
Male
Female
3. In the past twelve months, your chess rating (FIDE, USCF, site- or application specific, etc.):
Increased significantly
Increased somewhat
Stayed about the same
Decreased somewhat
Decreased significantly
What is a "chess rating"?
4. Playing white, how do you begin the game?
Always with 1.e4
Always with 2.d4
I rotate fairly evenly between 2-3 opening moves
Mostly with 1.e4, but I vary with 1.d4, etc.
Mostly with 1.d4, but I vary with 1.e4, etc.
I do not have a favorite opening move/moves
5. How fast do you play in the opening?
Very fast, I play almost automatically
Cautiously, definitely taking time to avoid blunders
Fairly fast, except when my opponent deviates from theory
Very slowly, sometimes it even annoys my opponents
I'm not sure what an "opening" is ?
6. When you lose a game, it is often because of
A silly mistake in the opening
A tactical trap I fall for in the middlegame
Positional errors that lead to a worse position
Being outplayed in the ending
Daydreaming after achieving a won position
Subtle errors that come out only in analysis
7. In the past twelve months, your body weight
Increased significantly
Increased somewhat
Stayed about the same
Decreased somewhat
Decreased significantly
8. How well do you sleep?
I sleep very well, thank you very much
I have problems falling asleep, but fine otherwise
I often wake up in the middle of the night
Generally well, with some bad nights now and then
9. You have a king and a queen against your opponent's king and a rook. You will
Always win this ending, this is trivial
Win the ending most of the time
Offer a draw, or accept a draw offer
10. You have a king and two bishops of opposite colors (colours), against your opponent's lone king. You will
Always win this ending, this is trivial
Probably win, but this is problematic
Offer a draw, or accept a draw offer
11. Which of the following describes you best?
I'm an expert on the openings I play
Endgame is definitely my strong point
I never tire during a game
I love tactically complex positions
I prefer quiet, positional play
I love to play lots of blitz games
12. Which part of the game causes you most problems?
Opening
Middlegame
Endgame
All of the above
I feel comfortable in all phases of the game

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