October 3, 2022

There is a lot of talk these days regarding chess draws. The audience do not appear to be pleased with the calm outcome. The main topic of discussion has been whether classical chess is dead or whether some alterations are required to address the extremely high draw rate.

This is a tough issue, and if the organizers want to modify it, they’ll have to make their own guidelines, but we don’t think there’s much that can be done. In this post, we’d want to contribute our two cents to the topic and provide some tips on draw offers to our readers.

First and foremost, let’s look at the highest-level drawings. A worn-out tie is nothing to be ashamed of. Draws are a common occurrence. The more information both players have, the more likely the game would result in a tie. It should not be any other way. Chess is a game that you should not lose if you don’t make many blunders.

When two colossi are at their peak, the game is determined by little factors, such as the conditions at that particular time, when a mistake calculation resulted in a worse position. We can notice how many games conclude in half a point after observing computer games; this is typical and not a “poor” outcome. Even if no one wins, we should enjoy the game and learn more about chess openings from it. We feel that the top ten always go to the board with the intention of winning and giving it their all, but that this is not always possible.

Draw offers, on the other hand, are an issue. I can’t think of any game where you may converse with your opponent and then end the game on mutual accord. I’m sure we wouldn’t miss the ability to make a draw offer if it was taken away tomorrow, and it would surely add to the excitement. Draw offers are like a terrible habit; some players do it all the time and for no apparent reason. There is no question that if two players desire to draw, they will find a method to accomplish so. However, forcing them to find their way across the board is the greatest option.

If you’re just getting started in the world of chess contests and haven’t yet been infected by the chess virus, we have a few suggestions for you. If you’ve been playing long enough and have established the habit of reaching out to your opponent with the white flag, give us a chance to convince you otherwise.

1.You’ll never know if you don’t try

This is the most fundamental; it all boils down to this. You will never develop into a strong player until you put yourself to the test. Have you ever regretted providing that draw due to apprehension about pushing forward? You had to have. When your opponent accepts, you’ll be filled with the feeling of “what if,” “I could have won,” for days.

It’s preferable to retain a clear conscience.

2.Why?

One of our GM friends, whose name we’d prefer not reveal, once informed us:

“Why would I propose a draw and not strive to win if I am better?”

“Wouldn’t offering a draw to my opponent be a bit rude if I’m worse?”

“Why not play on if it’s even?” I shouldn’t lose if I play correctly.”

These are three extremely sensible ideas! Why would you make such an offer?

3.Forget about ELO ratings. They don’t signify anything anymore

Many emerging young players offer a draw if they acquire a favorable position versus a powerful named player. They’d be pleased to draw before the game, and they believe that if they’re better and propose a draw, the mission will be completed. Think carefully; you could have just squandered a chance to win a game against a tough opponent. If the scenario were to be reversed, don’t anticipate any leniency.

Something to consider.

4.Your opponent’s best interests are frequently at odds with yours

When you receive a draw offer, it might imply a variety of things. First and foremost, you may be in a better situation, and he wants to go. Second, the situation is difficult; you have 20 minutes on the clock and several moves to contemplate, as well as a draw offer to ponder. As a consequence, you spent 15 minutes on the draw offer, 10 minutes on the movements, and 5 minutes on the moves. The game is still going on because he got inside your thoughts.

So watch out, the nice Samaritans aren’t playing chess!

5.Be aware of your limitations

Carlsen’s willingness to play equal positions until his opponents make a mistake is something we might all learn from. You’re usually sitting there watching how it’s move 30 and the game is still fairly even. You begin to justify offering a draw, and ultimately you persuade yourself to do so.

If it’s completely equal, there will be a repetition or it will ultimately dry out, but you may not need to push things by interacting with your competitor. Maintain the tension; continue the game for one more spin, then another… It’s possible that something intriguing may arise!