By CEO National Master Evan Rabin
If you want to draw, go to art school! There are five ways to draw a chess game:
- Stalemate: When the king is not in check and the player has no legal moves.
- Insufficient Mating Material: When neither side has enough pieces to possibly get to checkmate. If a player has a king and bishop, that is not sufficient mating material as you cannot put the king and bishop anywhere on the board to checkmate the opposing king. However, a king and pawn is sufficient mating material as that pawn can promote.
- 50-Move Rule: When 50 moves go by without any pawn moves or captures(rare). 50 moves means 50 moves by white and 50 by black.
- Three-Fold Repetion: When the exact position repeats three times in a game.
- Agreement: Should never happen unless position is dead equal ( E.g, King and Rook vs King and Rook, King and Rook pawn, etc.). If your opponent offers or is willing to accept a draw, chances are he is only doing so becuase he is not confident about his position.