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09/28/2020 Monday Night Chess Club in Snowmass Base Village

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Chess is similar to boxing. You need to develop a strategy, and you need to think tow or three steps ahead about what your opponent is doing. You have to be smart . But what is the different between chess and boxing? In chess, nobody is an expert, but everybody plays. In boxing everybody is an expert, but nobody fights. /Vitali Klitschko?


“Chess is a good way to learn, to keep your brain fit and the ego in check, a mental form of your local gymnasium.”

Peter Abelard (1079-1142)

Dialectician, philosopher, theologian

1.Types of Chess Draws:

a.Insufficient Mating Material


c.Three-move repetition

d.50-Move Draw

e.Draw by agreement (the draw offer)

f.Clock Draws

i.Both Flags are down

ii.Flag is down, but player with time remaining has insufficient material

Insufficient Mating Material:

Occurs when neither player has enough material remaining on the board to force a checkmate. Below are examples of a draw due to insufficient material:

1.King vs. King

2.King + Knight vs. King

3.King + Bishop vs. King

4.King + 2 Knights vs. King


The player to move is not in check and has no legal moves available so the game ends in a draw. Here are some stalemate examples:

Three-move repetition:

If the same identical position occurs three different times, the game is drawn. The most common type of three-move repetition is perpetual check as in the example below:

50-move Draw:

If 50 moves take place where no pieces have been captured and no pawns have been moved, then the game is declared a draw. The 50-move draw rarely occurs because the count to 50 moves usually starts after this point, late in the endgame. It typically occurs at a beginner level, where the player does not know how to deliver mate (King and Two bishops endgame).

Draw by Agreement (the draw offer)

Either player can offer a draw on any move. The draw offer stands for only one move. The opponent can accept the draw offer or play on. It is considered bad sportsmanship to continuously annoy your opponent by offering draws, which he keeps refusing to accept.

Chess Clocks and Draws:

Both Flags are down: If both players are out of time, the game is drawn.

Flag is down but player has insufficient material to win the game. All the player needs if opponent runs out of time is a pawn to win the game.

Practice: Define each of the types of draws. Suggest a scenario in which Black might be able to achieve each type of draw in the position below. If White plays the best moves, which of the draw option is most likely for Black to achieve?

Immortal Chess Game

Henry Bird vs. Paul Morphy

“Meta-Morphysis” London, UK 1858

Philidor Defense, Philidor Countergambit

Checkmating Patterns and Practice

1.Two-move Checkmates.

2. Mate in 3+ Moves.

Garry Kasparov’s 10 Rules for Success

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