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What is a "time out"

Asked by auzbikis
Tags time out draw
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I played a game (the game and i was a rook down but my opponents time ran out (I had some 8s). It was a "time out" and constituted a draw. Why draw?
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Answered by NM TheLordOfTheBoard
When a player's time runs out, the outcome of the game is decided by what the result would be if they played the worst moves (and their opponent played the best moves) for the rest of the game. In other words, the best-case scenario for the opponent of the player who lost on time. In your case, you had no pieces left; therefore they best result you could achieve would be a draw.

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