Questions relating to drawing in chess

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Drawn R+2P vs R endgame

I remember a recent(1-2 years) drawn (super)grandmaster game in which white had 2 connected pawns and a rook, while black had a rook. I later learned that it was a theoretical draw, which quite ...
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How to offer a draw when the opponent is not present

Imagine that your opponent is away from the board and you want to make a move and then offer a draw and leave for the toilet with some urgency. What is the solution to this inconvenience? Can a player ...
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Why do some players never accept a draw offer?

Some of the people I play against will never accept a draw offer, even in positions that are a theoretical draw. I know it's a draw. They know it's a draw. But they want to play until: Draw by ...
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How to use TWIC files for study

all. I'd like some feedback and suggestions on how you use The Week In Chess pgn/cbv files for study. Here are a few things I do with them: 1. Play from a won position - here we go down the list of ...
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Is this a fortress?

I have just played a thoroughly enjoyable game, where in the middlegame I was forced to give up the queen for two minor pieces and defend. After 30 moves and some trades, the situation got simplified ...
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USCF Ruling - Resignation confusion after reaching results sheet

At a tournament I was participating in last weekend, there was an interesting situation that happened and the TD did not know how to handle the situation. White said something along the lines of "I ...
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What is perpetual check?

I know that there is 6 types of draws including mutual agreement, stalemate, insufficient material, 3 move repetition and the fifty move rule, but I do not know what is perpetual check.
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Automatic draw rules

In developing a computer chess program, would it be reasonable to automatically declare a draw match for these two scenarios: A. Player 1 has a king and a knight, player 2 has only a king left. B. ...
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When is the right time to offer a draw according to the FIDE OTB rules

Is there any FIDE rule to say when is the right time to offer a draw? To be more clear, shall I offer a draw when my clock is going or I should offer if my opponent's clock is running? In this ...
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Drawing rules for time loss

Let's say we have a few situations. White has all their pieces (hypothetically) and black has only: N+K B+K N+N+K If white were to run out of time, would each of these situations be a draw due to ...
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Does checkmate over ride 50 move violation?

If a move creates the 50 move violation and at the same time creates checkmate, does the checkmate take priority over the draw ?
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The 50 Move Rule

Can the fifty move counter be increased after white's move? I thought that it could only be increased if both white and then black had not moved a pawn nor captured a piece that qualified for a whole ...
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When to give up on winning a game e.g. due to material [duplicate]

In what situations is it impossible to win for a player? For example due to not enough material or the composition of the material is not useful. I guess for example when you only have a king and a ...
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End Game - Queen + Rook vs Queen

Today, when I was playing end game I had a queen, a rook and a king (no pawns). My opponent had just a queen. It was his turn (the board was pretty blank) and he started giving continuous checks. I ...
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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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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 "1rb1kbnr/ppppqppp/6n1/...
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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 "8/6k1/1p2Kn1p/7P/1P6/5B2/...
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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 "8/3k2p1/1p1P1pP1/p1p5/...
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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 ...