To hold your oppponent
To hold your opponent to a draw in a chess game is an important skill at all levels of chess
I recently played in the Waterkloof chess tournament and manged to hold on for a draw, but I could have won the game had I been in the right state of mind ,but time was not on my side and I think tiredness played a big role as well in this game.
In the theory the game was a draw we both had Bishops of opposite colour and the same number of pawns left on the broad and he had a pass pawn, but had I played g5 I could maybe have won the game with Black just goes to shows all was not as it seems to be.
In this game time was on my mind I had 16min left on the clock while my opponent had 30 min left which is about half the differences so the question in mind was have got enough time to calculate if g5 could be a win for Black. Well after going after through the game I could only found how to improve my Kings position a win was still uncertain
Take look for yourself.
It was a tight game till the end and a difficult one at that and Psychology played a big role in this game and both players had their chances to win the game.
To know endgame theory is important at levels of chess. The endgame theme in this game is the Bishops of opposite colour theme which can useful to hold your opponent or win a game of chess with bishops of opposite colour. The key to holding my opponent to a draw in this game was that my bishop was on same colour as the promotion square h8 with a little help from my king of course.
Remember that the game is not over until one of the kings is in checkmate , so even if the win is gone ,but a draw is still possible go for it with everything that you have.So if you don't win you can always draw.