[thechat] More stuff I stole from Wired magazine

Dean Mah dmah at shaw.ca
Tue May 14 16:25:00 CDT 2002

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.


(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.

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