Originally posted by chckrogers
I also guess I need some clarification on the rules of a draw. Does one side have to offer up a draw to another side, and then have it accepted? Also, does the 3 repetitive moves count if the king and knight aren't doing the same move back and forth?
One side can offer a draw bust some draws can be claimed and others are automatic. Taking things in reverse order:
Stalemate is automatic. If it is your turn to move but you cannot move but are not in check then you have a draw by stalemate.
There are two situations that can allow you to claim a draw. NB the draws must be CLAIMED, they do not just happen because you think it is a draw. RHP does not do telepathy.
Threefold repetition is a draw that has to be claimed. The repetition is of position, not necessarily move. If the same position occurs three times during a game with the same side to move and the same move possibilities existing (i.e. castling and en passant can change things) you can claim a draw.
The "50 move rule" is also a draw that must be claimed. If both sides make 50 moves without a pawn being moved or a piece being captured then a draw can be claimed.
To claim a draw here you just click the "Claim draw" link under the "Offer draw" link. If a draw exists the game ends, if not it doesn't.
The last option is just offering a draw in which case your opponent can accept or decline according to choice. If you constantly click Offer draw you will likely annoy your opponent even if you are convinced it is a draw. Offer once, if the offer is declined do your best to prove to your opponent that the game is drawn then graciously accept his offer when he is finally convinced. Unless you now think you can win of course.
Perpetual check may lead to either of the claimable draw situations but it is often prudent to offer a draw if you can see that your opponent and/or yourself cannot get out of the cycle of checks without losing. Leaving a message for your opponent explaining your reasoning might be a good idea.