Chess Lesson # 8: Do you know the 7 ways a Chess game can be drawn? Stalemate, 50-move draw and more

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7 ways to draw a Chess game:
– Insufficient material
– Stalemate
– Threefold repetition
– 50-move draw
– Draw by agreement
– Both players run out of time
– One player runs out of time, but their opponent does not have enough mating material

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Continue learning the basics of Chess with National Master Robert Ramirez. In this video you will learn about the different ways one can draw a Chess game. We will discuss stalemate, insufficient material, threefold repetition, 50-move rule, draw by agreement and more

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– Raises your IQ
– Sparks your creativity
– Teaches planning and foresight
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Chess is an intellectual battle where players are exposed to numerous mental processes such as analysis, attention to detail, synthesis, concentration, planning and foresight. Psychological factors are also present on and off the board; playing Chess stimulates our imagination and creativity. Every single move a player makes is the result of a deep analysis based on the elements presented on the battle field.

Chess in its essence teaches us psychological, sociological and even moral values. In a Chess game, both players start with the same amount of material and time. The fact that the white pieces move first is considered to be practically irrelevant —especially because a player typically plays one game as white and one game as black. Consequently, the final result of the battle solely depends on each player. It doesn’t matter if you win by taking advantage of your opponent’s mistakes or by simply avoiding mistakes yourself. Truth is that Chess is an extremely individual sport and our defeats can only be blamed on ourselves and no one else. And this, in the end, only benefits us because we learn to be and feel responsible for our actions and never come up with excuses to justify ourselves.

We also learn that when it comes to our victories on the board, our opponent’s mistakes play a more significant role than our own skills. Let’s not forget that a Chess game without any mistakes would be a draw. This way, Chess provides us with another valuable life lesson: be humble at all times.

About National Master Robert Ramirez:

With an outstanding background as a professional Chess player and over 8 years of teaching experience, Robert Ramirez brings both his passion and his expertise to the board, helping you believe & achieve!

Robert Ramirez was introduced to the fascinating world of Chess when he was 5 years old and has participated in prestigious tournaments such as the World Open Chess Tournament and the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Championships. Thanks to his performance, he has earned his National Master title from the United States Chess Federation.

Currently, NM Ramirez and his carefully selected team teach at several private schools in the counties of Miami-Dade and Broward and they also offers private lessons. He says the key to their success as Chess coaches is their ability to adapt to every student and to make lessons fun and interesting for students and even their family members.


  1. I was not aware of 50 moves plus reset. We used to play 32 moves. Further, how can two timers run out at the same time? Does it means one player did not notice that other players time ran out and his or her time ran out? I googled and found this :

    A chess clock shows how much time both players still have left and when each player has run out of time. When your time runs out your “flag” falls and your opponent should claim a win on time immediately. If he does not see that your time is over then the game goes on and on until he sees it. If he gets checkmated before he claims that you lost on time, then he has lost the game.

  2. Is perpetual check left out or subsumed under the three repetitions rule? Is Perpetual check officially a draw?

  3. amazing course. thank you. never delete please!

  4. It's impressive, and super helpful, the way you answer people's questions. Sign of a good teacher. Many Thanks.

  5. Your are a real teacher salute your teaching …0 dislikes superb keep it upp

  6. Must both conditions for 50 move rule be fulfilled simultaneously for draw or can it be draw on fulfillment of one condition?

  7. how does both timers run out together if each run separately

  8. Sometimes the winning opponent will even offer a draw.

  9. Hmm.. The fact that the knight and bishop are insufficient material, but the rook isnt makes me believe the rook is slightly higher value than the others despite having the same value number.

  10. amazing teaching sir, i am sure i will be a good chess player in your mentorship 🙂

  11. 1. If a position is repeated thrice but no one claims a draw and that position is reached again, will a player be able to claim a draw or will the position have to be repeated thrice again?
    2. If a player runs out of time and the other player has a king and a knight and the one who runs out of time has enough materials that they can get checkmated, will it be a draw or will the former lose?

  12. I have been looking for someone like you for a VERY long time. Most YouTube Videos have the instructors going through the moves at "light speed" making it very difficult to comprehend what they are saying and running the chance of missing a critical point if you dont hit pause every two seconds. Very frustrating to say the least. You have a calm and SLOW delivery which makes watching your videos a true joy… not to mention a tremendously positive educational experience in the game. Many thanks for taking the time to make these videos Sir!!!!

  13. Hi! I have a question, At 6:36 can we put the white queen on h7 or g7 and win ?

    And the black king can’t capture me because of my king

  14. I've been looking for a good chess teacher for months, and I've never been satisfied. However, I just know that you deserve a Best Chess Coach Ever! gold medal.

  15. Sir You really have good things that a good teacher has…
    1)You explains at a very slow speed imagining that someone who is watching has never played this game before.
    2)You always explain all possible moves and idea behind it that gives us some idea of playing chess
    3)And most important, You always answers your students queries in comments (I've seen your videos from starting of this course) and that makes us feel more confident and comfortable under your guidance.
    Truly appreciate your lessons and teaching approach…
    Your new student
    Aditya From India🙂

  16. It's honestly frustrating with the many ways we can get a stalemate lol. Like you've said, I've been struggling with Checkmates a lot! So far I'm okay with the starting moves and the mid game, but the ending is too tough for me to grasp onto. Hopefully I can improve, these vids are so far really helpful, thanks!

  17. Your explanation of the threefold repetition is not correct. The positions have to be identical and the available moves have to be – en passant rule.

  18. Insufficient material
    Threefold repeatition
    50 moves(no pawn move no capture)

  19. You can checkmate with 2 knights but its draw. Because it's not force mate.

  20. Why didn't the king go in the corner to run in the first exercise

  21. I am starting to learn how to play chess and your videos save me a lot. I couldn't describe how much I feel blessed by your lessons. I have never thought I would get to learn these types of lessons for free. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  22. How both players run out of time? If you run out of time and the other player hasn't run out of time and if nobody calls it even he/she has enough time the game continues and if he rans out of time it's a draw right? But if the other player has enough time and you run out of time and he doesn't want continue, the other player win right? Sorry bad grammar English is not my native language

  23. I can not thank you enough. You are one of the great teachers that I have ever encountered

  24. When you talked about the stalemate, why would the queen go on g6, wouldn‘t it be checkmate if she goes on c8 or h7?

  25. 9:58
    I don't understand how both players run out of time?
    How is that possible?
    Can anyone explain it?

  26. Watching a video everyday, I already have a week 😯 Thank you for this videos

  27. Hmm my holidays started and I am learning from you sir ❤️
    I want to become 2200 elo player
    Love you From India

  28. How do both players run out of time since they play by turn?

  29. How do both players run out of time since they play turn by turn?

  30. How do both players run out of time since they play turn by turn

  31. You're the absolute best chess youtuber out there for me! 182 lessons taking beginners step by step is just phenomenal

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