Draw by repetition happens more frequently during speed/blitz games. They also happen when you or your opponent is unwilling to propose a draw but you both want one. You can also draw a game if after a certain number of moves a pawn has not advanced or a capture has not taken place. The number of moves used to be 50 but FIDE has changed the number of moves based on the pieces on the board. For instance, I think if it is K+N+B vs. K, FIDE has extended the number of moves to 75. Dean (Who played a lot of chess in high school (rep'ed Alberta in the nationals in Gr11) and university but hasn't played a tournament in a long while other than on FICS.) Luther, Ron writes: > Just had to chime in on two technicalities: > > 1) Actually, when played at the "highest" levels, *most* chess games > end in a tie. Chess has a "draw" which can be mutually agreed > upon - and usually is. There is also an odd rule about a > position being duplicated three consecutive times that enables > either player to claim a "draw" - even without the other's > consent, but that's pretty rare. > > 2) Chess also has a "stalemate", where one player cannot make a > legal move when it is their turn. Stalemates also count as a tie > if you are playing in a tournament or something.