Draws

 

To play for a draw, at any rate with white, is to some degree a crime against chess.  -  Mikhail Tal

 

A lot of these ideas are built under wrong presumptions which officials have that chess players are lazy bastards whose sole idea is to deceive (the) public and to make short draws and go home. It's not true. It's a lie. (On the Sofia Corsica rule)  -  Boris Gelfand

 

Chess will always be in the doldrums as a spectator sport while a draw is given equal mathematical value as a decisive result. - Michael Basman

 

I think the draw quotient has always been high in world championship matches because the amount of effort people put into neutralizing each other’s openings. It’s just now with computers that it has reached a new level.  -  Magnus Carlsen

 

I think the draw quotient has always been high in world championship matches because the amount of effort people put into neutralizing each other’s openings. It’s just now with computers that it has reached a new level.  -  Viswanathan Anand

 

The draw by stalemate looks like a spot of discontinuity in the otherwise harmonious universe of values. To save a game by letting yourself be so completely humiliated as not being able to make a move looks rather undeserved.  -  Mihail Marin

 

If you are interested in improving, think of a draw offer as an offer to remain ignorant of what you would have learned in the remainder of the game. - Dan Heisman

 

A draw may be the beautiful and logical result of fine attacks and parries; and the public ought to appreciate such games, in contrast, of course, to the fear-and-laziness draws.  -  Bent Larsen

 

I think it's almost definite that the game is a draw theoretically.  - Bobby Fischer

 

The fatal hour of this ancient game is approaching. In its modern form this game will soon die a drawing death - the inevitable victory of certainty and mechanization will leave its stamp on the fate of chess.  -  Emanuel Lasker

 

I know that with perfect play, God versus God, Fritz versus Fritz, chess is a draw ...  -  Nigel Short

 

A draw can be obtained not only by repeating moves, but also by one weak move.  -  Savielly Tartakower

 

Whenever Black succeeds in assuming the initiative in maintaining it to a successful conclusion, the sporting spirit of the chess lover feels gratified, because it shows that the resources of the game are far from being exhausted.  -  Savielly Tartakower

 

Drawn games are sometimes more scintillating than any conclusive contest.  -  Savielly Tartakower

 

He played with enormous energy and great fighting spirit. Offering him a draw was a waste of time. He would decline it politely, but firmly. "No, thank you," he would say and the fight would go on and on and on.  -  Lubomir Kavalek on Bent Larsen