Originally posted by joen
I and my friend danhe just finished this game:
He offered a draw and I accepted it. Was he right in offering the draw? Was I right in accepting it? I'm grateful for any opinion! This is my first drawn game ever.
bxa ep is a simple win. White has to play Kb3 or the a pawn will queen and then has to deal with the remaining a pawn whilst Black simply mops up whites Q-side pawns and wins.
When one side has a protected passed pawn (as here) it is usually good enough to win even if material is equal because the weaker sides king is very restricted in its movements having to remain near the pawn to prevent it queening.
In fact black can also win by playing g6 when he can exchange the Q-side pawns down to a black pawn on g5 and white pawn on g4. As white has to remain close to the b pawn to stop it queening black can now move across to the q-side, pick up the g pawn and queen his g pawn. In this position it is very hard for black to go wrong and very easy for white.
Knowing when to draw (and when not to) is one of my tips in my "How to get to 2000" thread and this really is something that sorts out the men from the boys.