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The Draw Disease

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #21


    Rasparovov wrote:

    There are 3 different results. Win - draw - loss.
    I dont see why 1/3 of all games being draws would be something special. 
    Just look at Anand and imagine how he must feel. 

    his draws aren't against class players.  I wouldn't complain if i was drawing 2700s lol.  

    Edit:  I am not actually drawing 1400s (I only drew a 1400 once) its just every game goes into a drawish endgame and if i was playing as the 1400 i'd be able to draw it, but here are some of my troubling recent uscf statistics :  

    1600: 12 wins 4 draw 2 loss 

    1700: 7 wins 6 draws 3 loss

    1800: 10 wins 3 draws 3 loss

    1900: 1wins 10 draws 3 loss

    2000:  0 wins 4 draw 7 losses ( this is my worst area; my rating is here so I try too hard to win and end up losing!)

    2100: 2 wins 3 draws 4 losses

    2200:  1 win 7 draws 4 losses





  • 10 months ago · Quote · #22


    This disease just doesn't go away...I go to a tournament and lose 0 games and still lose rating...

  • 10 months ago · Quote · #23


    It'd be interesting to see some of your wins.  What openings do you use?  Do you refuse to take risks or something?

  • 10 months ago · Quote · #24


    What usually happens is everygame i play a bunch of pieces come off the board and I always get better endgames.  It's just impossible to always convert those endgames so out of 6 times I only converted twice lol.

    Endgames I couldn't convert were:  a pawn up endgame for me but opposite colored bishops, pawn up ending for me with only queens but his pawn was about to promote so i had to take a perpetual, same colored bishop and 5 pawns vs same colored bishop and 5 pawns where my opponents weakness was he had 1 pawn on the color of the bishop, but i cant exploit that and the last ending was dead equal rook endgame from exchange slav.   

     An annoying problem in the tournament was people played exchange slav on me to try to draw, so i'm probably going to look for different opening to play against lower rateds.

    Endgames I converted: 4 pawns and 2 knights vs 3 pawns and bishop and knight, and an equal material queen and rook endgame where my opponent had horrible pawn structure.   

    Edit: To put the tournament in perspective I am a higher end 2000 player and my opponents were 4 1950s and 2 1850s.  I kept playing down since i kept drawing. The Two games I won were against 1950s.

  • 10 months ago · Quote · #25


    generally only very high rated players get draws.

  • 10 months ago · Quote · #26


    Well, the best advice I can give you is… If you want to avoid the draw… put down the pencil.Laughing

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