Questions relating to drawing in chess

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Is this Endgame a draw? Both Bishops + 4 Pawns AGAINST Queen + 1 Pawn

I am having this position, I am black: So I have both bishops + 4 pawns = 6.5 points + 4 points = 10.5 points. The opponent has a queen + 1 pawn = 10 points. I know how to challenge a queen with ...
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Why was this game drawn?

So, I was having this game with my opponent (and losing), but anyways, here is the final position: I checked the king with my knight on move 47 (i playing black). All of a sudden, the game was ...
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Is this blocked situation a draw, how can I win as Black?

I had a game in chess.com which ended as Draw by agreement. The game is here. This is the screenshot of last move before declaring Draw. Is this a real draw? If not, what my best moves as Black? ...
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How can I find chess games from grand masters that end in 3 fold repetition?

When I go to http://www.chessgames.com/ , I can search for matches that end in draws, however I can not figure out how to filter those draws to specifically three fold repetition. How can I find ...
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Why isn't this threefold repetition, forcing a draw

Here's my scenario (I don't know how to attach boards/games, so I'll explain it): White has pawns on c2 and a2 and a king on c1. Black has a queen on b4. Play proceeds 1...Qe1+ 2.Kb2 Qb4+ 3.Ka1 Qe1+ ...
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Could white have won this game?

[Event "Fritz, 19Ply / 19Ply"] [Site "?"] [Date "2015.04.15"] [Round "1"] [White "Stockfish 6"] [Black "Houdini 1.5a w32"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B42"] [PlyCount "292"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 ...
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Should playing chess against yourself always end up in a draw?

You play against yourself, using your own opening repertoire. Thus by playing both White and Black, you reach positions that should be fairly equal, and then you continue to play both sides, ...
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Complete game troitzky - vogt?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalemate#Troitzky_versus_Vogt shows the position, where Vogt became victim of a diabolic stalemate trap! I would like to have the full game. Can anyone help ?
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Complete game Sibilio - Mariotti , Ravenna 1982

Tim Krabbe shows this game on his record site http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/records/records.htm It is a stalemate after only 27 moves. I would like to know the complete game. I did not find it in ...
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Why do many people think that top grand masters can always reach a draw?

I often heard the claim that top grand masters can assure a draw, if they do not risk anything. I disagree with this claim. What are the reasons that so many people think that very strong players ...
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Longest sequence with only moves to draw without a repitition

What is the longest known sequence of moves with upto 6 pieces where each move of both sides is the only move drawing the game (any other move would lose the game) ? There should not occur any ...
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Top player with the lowest drawing rate

Which player of the top 50 has the lowest drawing rate ? Who is it in the top 100 ? And which woman in the top 50 has the lowest drawing rate ?
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Can Black save this Knight vs Bishop endgame with a pawn down?

After playing horribly in the opening, my opponent played a couple of suboptimal moves which suddenly allowed me to exchange some pieces and get the following unclear position. I thought about giving ...
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Is the 50-move rule ever used in Grandmaster games?

The 50-move rule states that if no capture or pawn move occurs for 50 consecutive moves, either player may claim a draw. It seems like the 50-move rule is never truly necessary to determine that a ...
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What are some methods that tournaments use to limit draws?

There has been a rising faction of chess players who believe that professional chess is too drawish. What are some ways that tournaments fight against the prevalence of draws?
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Can a human defeat an engine in a 10-game match if he is given the White pieces and draw odds in every game?

What would happen in a 10-game match between one of the strongest human player (Carlsen, Caruana, Aronian, Kramnik or Anand) and one of the strongest engine (Komodo, Stockfish or Houdini), but with ...
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What is “Rook Box” and its use?

When I once watched a chess game on television, one player use a trick named "Rook Box" to draw a game. I didn't understand its move and so, I want to know what is "Rook Box" in chess. I know it's a ...
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He has two queens. I have one. Is it proper chess etiquette to check him non stop just to avoid losing?

I am losing a game. My only option is to check my opponent non stop. I have no chance to checkmate him. I am only hoping to force a draw. Is this proper chess etiquette?
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Is it poor form to win a drawn position on time?

I was playing a 3-minute game, my opponent had around 15 seconds to my ~50 seconds when he managed to cancel out the last pawns to make it so we each had a king and a rook. I let his time run out and ...
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Forcing a Stalemate [duplicate]

Seems really unfair to the player winning. Why does "stalemate" even exist, it's not a win, a lose, or even technically a tie, it's an eternal game. So using this "eternal game" theory in speed chess ...
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Books on drawing

There are multiple instances of books that promise winning opening repertoire. What about drawish openings, drawish strategies, etc? So, are there books focused solely on drawing?
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Quintuple repetition and the FIDE's 2014 rulebook revision

How does the new quintuple-repetition rule work, please? To be clear: my question does not concern how likely the rule and its cases are to arise in practical play, but rather just what the rule is, ...
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Draws, castling rights, and the FIDE's 2014 rulebook revision

A question of rulebook pedantry: Effective July 2014, the FIDE has revised its Laws of Chess. As you know, the Laws have long allowed a player to claim a draw by repetition. The July 2014 Laws, ...
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Draws, en passant, and the FIDE's 2014 rulebook revision

Effective July 2014, the FIDE has revised its Laws of Chess. Some questions occur regarding the revision, including one re draws and en passant. [Title "Black to move"] [FEN ...
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Can I claim a draw if I am left with a king vs 2 knights? [duplicate]

I am in a tournament and I ended up with a king vs king + 2 knights. I know that the mate can not be forced in this situation, also if I will cooperate I can lose. So can I claim a draw in this ...
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Can Black draw this endgame?

I was playing this game just a few minutes before posting this, and tried to save the game by entering the following endgame: [Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen ...
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What's a good explanation for stalemate being a draw for a beginning chess player?

I've started playing chess a little more using an app on my phone, and frequently run into the situation where I'm dominating the computer opponent (on an easy difficulty level) to the point where he ...
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Can a threefold repetition be claimed in a blitz game? If so, how?

Can one claim a draw by threefold repetition in a blitz game when no score of the game is being kept? If so, how? Once, in a blitz game, my opponent was simply trying to run me out of time. At a ...
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Is this line of vienna attack a draw?

Most chess players will recognize this position from the so called immortal draw: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Bc5 3. Na4 Bxf2 4. Kxf2 Qh4 5. Ke3 Qf4 6. Kd3 d5 7. Kc3 Qxe4 8. Kb3 Na6 9. a3 Qxa4 10. Kxa4 ...
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Is this endgame a draw (hacked - TestViking)?

In my recent online blitz video, I got the following endgame with the black pieces. With white to move, the game went as follows [White "hacked"] [Black "TestViking"] [FEN ...
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Are world-class correspondence games more likely to be drawn that world class OTB games?

A games of chess with perfect play from both sides may be a draw. And while we don't have any perfect chess players it does seem that a match between two equally strong grandmasters is more likely to ...
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20th Century Grand Master who had the highest draw percentage in his career?

Title says it all. For my own part; I am looking to learn and adopt a play style which does not necessarily win, but is typified as being incredibly difficult to actually win against.
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What is sufficient mating material?

The FIDE chess rules describe that "The game is draw when a position is reached from which a checkmate cannot occur by any possible series of legal moves" (FIDE rule 9.6). This rules is sometimes ...
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How do you hold a draw with a knight against a rook?

Knight and King versus Rook and King is a theoretical draw. Yet, you might lose if you don't know the method. How do you hold a draw?
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How do you hold a draw with a bishop against a rook?

Bishop and King versus Rook and King is a draw. Yet it is easy to go wrong and lose. How do you hold a draw?
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Is the pawns-only variant a draw?

In the pawns-only variant of chess, each side starts with 8 pawns and a king on the usual squares, no pieces, with other rules being the same as in regular chess, including promotion. While general ...
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Do the rules of blitz chess allow a draw to be claimed if the position is dead drawn?

Consider this objectively drawn position that occurred in the Fischer vs Spassky 1972 match, game 12. Suppose this position occurred in a blitz game where Black barely has few seconds remaining on his ...
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Do symmetric positions have a higher draw ratio?

From my experience in chess, I have observed that my draw ratio in symmetric positions (e.g. the Italian opening) is higher than in non-symmetric positions (e.g. the Spanish opening or different ...
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Is the Queen plus pawn versus Queen endgame always a draw?

In a Queen + King versus Queen + King endgame (including zero or more pawns) these is a strong draw tendency due to the fact that a Queen can deliver multiple checks in a row to the opponents open ...
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Can Magnus Carlsen force draw (pun-intended) himself to victory?

So far Carlsen has a 2 game lead over Anand and there are only 4 games left. At the strength of these players, can Magnus basically force his opponent into draws by playing certain openings or ...
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In encountering a draw by [x number of moves], when does the draw actually occur?

I played a game of chess recently where we agreed to a rules modification: When one player was reduced to a lone King, a draw could be declared after 16 moves without capture/Pawn move. During this ...
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How can a drawish opening be fashionable?

dfan's answer to this question suggested the following. Why would a specific opening become popular as the method of choice to play for a draw? Wouldn't it be better to select an obscure ...
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How can one claim 50 move rule draw under time pressure?

Suppose one player has only 3 minutes of time left in his clock. The position is a draw with opposite colored bishops and neither player can break forward practically. The other player, who has got ...
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Can I win this Rook and Pawn vs Bishop endgame?

I'm playing white and I've been unable to get the black king out of the corner. Does black have a guaranteed stalemate or is there some way to force him out the corner? [fen "5K1k/6R1/7P/8/8/8/2b5/8 ...
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What is the proper way to ask for a draw?

I know that the rule states "The game is drawn upon agreement between the two players. This immediately ends the game." but what I'm interested in knowing the exact way to offer a draw because I've ...
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With only a king left, how many moves remaining until a draw?

I am a beginner in chess. If I have only a king left, how many moves does my opponent have to mate me?
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The history of the 175-move draw rule

The U.S. Chess Federation piloted a 175-move draw rule in the fourth edition of its Official Rules. This interesting rule ended a game automatically after 175 moves, whether or not either player had ...
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Mutually agreeing to draw?

I was involved in an endgame where it was my King against my opponents King, Knight, and Bishop and I knew he could checkmate me, but he wasn't aware how. I just kept going in circles, dancing around ...
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Is this endgame position a draw?

White to move. [FEN "8/8/8/3k3p/3P3K/2P3R1/8/7r w - - 0 1"] I was white, and this was a blitz game which ended up drawing because I didn't know what to do. My friend and I later analyzed this ...
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Why is stalemate a draw?

It is so difficult to force stalemate and sometimes unintentional too, so why is stalemate a draw? As the opponent doesn't have a further move, why is it not considered a win?