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buddie 13 ( +1 | -1 )
How do I draw more games? I have just completed 1000 games on Gameknot, but only 92 ended as draws.
Should I be drawing more games? If so, how?
mikedn 21 ( +1 | -1 )
try this... Silman's Endgame Course has great endgame draw techniques and tactics. Only try to get a draw if you know that you cannot win though. 92 draws? I for one have no idea what percentage of draws is good.
kewms 35 ( +1 | -1 )
Depending on the opening, between 25% and 40% of top-level games end in draws. There's no correct ratio, but obviously it's to your advantage to turn losses into draws if you can. To that end, look at your losses. See if any of them were drawable, even after the point where they stopped being winnable. Work on appropriate techniques.

Katherine
kansaspatzer 11 ( +1 | -1 )
9% isn't bad where Gameknot is concerned. 15% of mine are draws and I sometimes get asked why i have so many drawn games.
buddie 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for the advice - I think I will look at endgames more.
dr_dread 57 ( +1 | -1 )
drawish defense... If your playing white,you can just about "force" a draw if you play Petrov's Defense,by trading down to a dull symmetrical endgame.Please check MCO-14 on pg.94.(Modern Chess Openings)by GM- Nick de Firmian.I have played this defense in USCF OTB tourneys.I rarely get involved in this defense,but it is good for a few rating points if i am playing a stronger opponent,and feel I would otherwise get crushed,a draw would be to my advantage,so i try to pull it off.of course,there are no "guarantees",but by playing this style,your chances of a draw are MUCH greater.
lighttotheright 96 ( +1 | -1 )
In my opinion, 9% is a low drawing number.

If you have 15% draws and somebody asks why you have so many draws, then the person who is asking doesn't know how to draw properly. There is technique in doing so. You have to look for these lines. It takes experience.

Sometimes a sacrifice of material is needed to gain access to your opponent's King. You may not have enough material to win, but might have enough to start a known drawing pattern. Learn the drawing patterns. That means you must learn endgame. Endgame study teaches many of these patterns as well as mating ones.
Unfortunately, most people are only interested in the mating patterns. That automatically places them at a disadvantage when competing against strong players. Drawing patterns are commonly neglected in many player's study.

When is the last time you ever read a book on the subject? Never? That's why I am writing one.