Basic Chess Strategies
Force a Draw!

Force a Draw here in the following positions. Those are basic chess strategies that you should know.

These strategies can save you half a point when you have a losing position. Then there is no other way to save the game.

The opponent has more material (pieces or pawns) and is going to win. Your only chance is to force a draw somehow.

basic chess strategies
1) Black moves 2) White moves
basic chess strategies
3) White moves - Black is a rook up! 4) White moves - Black is about promoting a queen.
basic chess strategies
5) White moves - Black wishes to make a queen. 6) White moves - Black will win with his queen against the rook unless...
7) Black moves - White wants to checkmate Black on h2 if he promotes a queen. 8) White moves - if white queen moves Black hopes to checkmate on h2!
9) White moves - Black is a pawn up, White wishes to make a draw. 10) White moves - Black has a rook for a light piece so he is the exchange up and has more material.(a rook has more value than a knight or bishop) You have a losing game.


1) 1....Ne5+ 2.K moves Nxd7 draw, because of insufficient material to give checkmate
2) 1.Bg3 QxB stalemate!
3) 1.Rg7+ Kh8 2.Rh7+ Kg8 White can force a draw
4) 1.Rg7+ K moves 2.Rxh7 NxR insufficient material
5) 1.Rb2 Bb3 2.Rxc2 BxR insufficient material
6) 1.Rf4+ QxR Stalemate! White King can't move!
7) 1...f1N+ 2.K moves NxQ insufficient material
8) 1.Qe3+ QxQ Stalemate! White can't move!
9) 1.Bb6 Qe7 2.Bc5 Qd8 3.Bb6 forces draw by repetition of moves endlessly
10) 1.Rxg7 KxR 2.Qg5+ and gives perpetual check

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