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skipwallace555 51 ( +1 | -1 )
SEEING DRAWS! I have had some occasions where early in games, better players have offered draws. And, I admit to them that I am not an experienced enough player to see the draw, and I decline. Which brings me to my question. Are there any books in the market that focuses on this issue? I have looked at the selection offered here on game endings but nothing speakes to my question. Please make a suggestion on a book or tell me of board positions you know of that result in draws. Thank You.
brobishkin 121 ( +1 | -1 )
Skip... There are no books on positions that draw... When an expert offers a draw, it's usually during a equal position and a variation both players are very familiar with... If you're not so familiar with it, dont hesitate to decline... But if the game continues and ends in a draw (even to the bitter end), know that your opponent knows what he's talking about (it could also be embarassing for you)...

Also I must add... Watch for those yahoo's that offer a draw when they have the losing position... By all means decline then... I was in another chess site last night when an opponent offered a draw 20 times (maybe on the hopes I would accedently press yes) when he had a clear losing position...

So beware when someone offers a draw... But when you get some play under your belt, you will recognize drawing positions and know when and when not to draw...


Sorry about the bad news... There are many books with chapters on draws... But only how to draw in a losing position to save your neck... But no books on the subject solely on drawing positions... Im afraid every position has its winning chances...
triangulator 9 ( +1 | -1 )
what brobishkin said
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mettlesome 56 ( +1 | -1 )
Yep.... Brobishkin is right.

The key sentence is "when you get some play under your belt, you will recognize drawing positions and know when and when not to draw..."

That's what it's all about.....if YOU can see that the position is a dead draw (basically meaning that both players have an OBVIOUS way of playing that will lead to a draw) then accept the draw.

If on the other hand you don't see how or why it's a draw, then you SHOULD play on because you need to go out and get this type of experience.

The same advice goes for resigning....if you can't see a on.

nwadvana 1 ( +1 | -1 )
Hey Lets all pass Brobishkins words for our own! Triangulator :-|
triangulator 4 ( +1 | -1 )
yah ok but I already came up with it first
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