Occasionally chess games do not end with a winner, but with a draw. There are 5 reasons why a chess game may end in a draw:  

  • The position reaches a stalemate where it is one player’s turn to move, but his king is NOT in check and yet he does not have another legal move 
  • The players may simply agree to a draw and stop playing 
  • There are not enough pieces on the board to force a checkmate (example: a king and a bishop vs. a king) 
  • A player declares a draw if the same exact position is repeated three times (though not necessarily three times in a row) 
  • Fifty consecutive moves have been played where neither player has moved a pawn or captured a piece.