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Offering and Claiming Draws

You can offer you opponent a draw at any time during a game and they may accept or decline. You may also be able to 'claim' a draw. This means that if a situation arises, which according to the rules of chess is a valid draw, you can make a claim and the game will be automatically drawn (your opoonent can not decline).

Draw claims can be made for:

  • Three-fold repetition
  • Fifty move rule
  • Insufficient mating material

Note that draws are not detected automatically. In accordance with the usual laws of chess, a player must recognise that a draw claim is possible and then make the claim.

The procedure for offering or claiming a draw is shown in the folloing video (starts at 5m57s).