Originally posted by erikknoops
Hmm, this is kind of an unfounded claim. Gametheorists are researching this for years already and the nature of the chessgame has not been determined yet (Meaning nobody has proven that in chess at optimal play of both parties it will always be white winning, black winning or be a draw.) So al what remains is just believe about the nature of the chess game.
At the start of the game, the only difference between the two sides is the fact that white moves first. This gives white an advantage of one tempi. It is generally considered that three tempi equals one pawn. A winning situation is generally considered to be up two pawns, since drawing chances are still great if there is only a one pawn advantage.
The ability to draw increases as skill gets better. There are several forcing lines in the openings that lead to draws. By forcing, I mean that if the other side deviates from recommended play the drawing player can then play for a win.
This is not a theory, this is an over-the-board principle that most tournament and match players always consider.