Originally posted by kmac27
if your going to go into an endgame or you are in an endgame and you already know its going to be drawn then you can offer a draw. its impolite to offer a draw if your opponent has a clear advantage and u ask anyways. you can also offer them one if you are going to go into a perpetual check or your opponent is going into one. its not really impolite to ask for one ever.
I disagree slightly.
If your opponent has a clearly won game then it is impolite to offer a draw.
. There is nothing I find more annoying than an opponent who is rated 400 points below me make me a draw offer when I have just won his Queen or I have say a Rook vs 2 pawns ending which is a clear win. Of course if I only have 2 Knights and there are no pawns on the board a draw offer would be appropriate but not if I have 2 Bishops.
If your opponent is stronger than you and you have an advantage it may be prudent to offer a draw if you feel he may be able to claw back the advantage and win.
Otherwise if you are in a position where neither side can improve their position and sny attempt to do so could result in defeat it is prudent not to do so and offer a draw.
If the position is also a theroretical draw and no side has any advantagous play a draw offer is also appropriate.