Christopher Kreuzer wrote:It is easy to avoid the effects of draw offers in your own games. Never offer draws and never accept them.
Do those advocating the abolition of draw offers actually do this or not?
I'm just the opposite of those who advocate the abolition of draw and then draw very often theirselves. In most cases, I think that nothing is wrong in just splitting the point, it's a natural thing that two players fear each other and this happens also in many other situations of life, just think about the Cold War.
You won't believe it, though, during the last 10 months I played 12 FIDE-rated tournaments, and only once offered a draw first, that is, in a game where my opponent hadn't offered it before. Many times I refused repeated draw offers: once a rumanian player made me 12 draw offers and I refused all of them, the funny thing is that when at the end I offered draw myself, he refused, only to re-offer it 2 moves later!! Since last September, I have a score of +27 =5 - 16, with 4 draws out of 5 reached in the very endgame.
In fact, I think that:
- When I am better, I have no reason nor to offer nor to accept the draw; actually, it could make sense when I have a better position but I am short of time, but even in that case, I would feel guilty for not having tried to win;
- When I am worse, I think it's my opponent duty to offer draw; offering draw in a worse position often is useless, sometimes is even unpolite;
- When the position is more or less even, I almost always prefer to play, otherwise it would have been much simpler to stay home!!
So, though I usually don't blame early drawers, I almost never early-draw myself.