I thought I would blog about the recent rash of opponents who offer a draw when they are losing. That is not the reason to offer a draw ... unless they are hoping that you are stupid enough to not realize that you have the upper hand. I have been playing chess seriously for about a year and in the last couple of months I have had several opponents offer a draw; one move away from checkmate, after losing their queen or when it is just their King on the board. What is going on? You can offer a draw if you were able to get a threefold repetition of checks without checkmate, there's a stalemate or WHEN IT IS OBVIOUS THAT NEITHER SIDE WILL WIN. That's it. You do not offer a draw when you are losing. When you are losing, guess what? You're losing! Now that I think about it I think there is something about the 50 move rule. Ok, rant done.