What does high draw percentage mean?

llama47
B1ZMARK wrote:

speaking of feeling dizzy... I don't feel so good. How many games have I played today?

As of this post you've played 41 games today... and your rating is XX99

That's always an oof.

ponz111

lama you did not answer my question?

personally I always play for a win--even the 2 times I had Black v s a GM. [why let a GM off with a draw??]

llama47

I don't play for a draw, and I don't use attacks or opening theory as crutch either.

That's the language I'd use to advocate for my way of playing.

alfonsoespada

Mine is 18 percent draws in rapid.

llama47
alfonsoespada wrote:

Mine is 18 percent draws in rapid.

You've got me beat. Seems I'm pretty stuck on 12% for whatever reason.

Not that a lot of draws is necessarily a good thing.

Viznik
Perhaps it means you’re better at defending end games than the average player at your rating, leading to more stalemates?
llama47

Yeah, it's probably some combination of being better at endgames (which is nice), and going for calm positions more often, leading to less winning/losing chances overall (which is not as nice).

B1ZMARK
llama47 hat geschrieben:

Yeah, it's probably some combination of being better at endgames (which is nice), and going for calm positions more often, leading to less winning/losing chances overall (which is not as nice).

bet you play something like Nf3 d4 e3 c4 tongue.png

llama47

I play 1.e4

The opening choices that affect my draw rate the most are probably the fact that I play 3.Bb5 against any sicilian... in 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 lines that's fine (it was played at the last world championship) but against 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5 it's pretty drawish and some sicilian players will roll their eyes at you so to speak.

As black I've switched to a Nimzo / Bogo combo, but if they play a calm line, I don't try to prevent it. Some g3 lines can be really dull for example. My philosophy is if white wants a boring game you can't stop them, and if I draw as black it's not a tragedy.

B1ZMARK

Ah. I have a "win at any cost mentality" which usually leads me to "blunder" my rooks. (they are actually blunders, though...)

llama47

I've found some ways to spice up a Ruy Exchange though. I play like this as black

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Steven-ODonoghue

Reminds me a little of this game we played in our match

 

llama47

Yeah, it's a pretty standard attacking idea. I learned it as the "fishing pole"

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-openings/fishing-pole-trap-in-the-ruy-lopez

 

Looking at our game now, I guess 13.Bxf6 was bad, opening the g file? With so many pieces around my king, I imagine 13.hxg4 is possible, or 13.Nh4 just to remove some tension.