You often read or hear opinions about how negative and disappointing draws are for the image of chess. The issue is mainly quick draws i.e. those made after only a few moves. Fans and chess experts debate the harm they supposedly do to the promotion and spread of chess. But is that fair? Do such results really harm chess to such a degree?

In the current article I’d like to reflect on this phenomenon which is both widespread in the chess world and, one way or another, always generates controversy and heated debate. I make no claims to be able to give a final verdict on the theme – my only aim is to open up a space for debate and reflexion, focussing on some of the main factors that motivate the players.