Kasparov, Karpov Adjourn in Game 14
LYON, France (AP) _ Defending champion Garry Kasparov and his fellow Soviet rival Anatoly Karpov adjourned their 14th game of the World Chess Championship on Monday after both players encountered time troubles following five hours of play.
The rapid-fire finish ended when Kasparov sealed his 41st move. Both had three pawns, a rook, a queen and king left.
They also adjourned after Saturday’s 13th game, which led to a draw. Kasparov and Karpov each have 6 1/2 points.
They were tied at 6 after the first 12 games in New York, 10 of which were draws, between Oct. 8 and Nov. 7.
The first player to gain 12 1/2 points wins the championship and $1.7 million of a $3 million purse. In event of a tie, Kasparov retains the title.
Monday’s 14th game, and second of the French phase of the championship, started when Kasparov walked on stage and sat behind the white pieces. He thought a few minutes and moved the king’s pawn.
Karpov arrived and matched it by moving his king’s pawn.
Kasparov used an opening that Karpov has seen before in top-level competition known as the Scotch game.
Until the eighth move, the game matched two contests that Karpov played with black against Dutch grandmaster Jan Timman in the mid-1980s.
Karpov won one game in 28 moves and drew the other after 57, so experts noted that he was acquainted with this line of play.
He played black at least seven times in major competition against the Scotch opening, winning three and drawing four.
But when Kasparov moved a queen’s bishop’s pawn, a new game developed.
After almost two hours and 17 moves of the game, Karpov already had an hour more in playing time than Kasparov.
Karpov used almost 20 minutes to decide his 18th move, moving his queen in a position to apply some central pressure.
By now, Karpov had less than 48 minutes to do 22 moves. Each player is allotted 2 1/2 hours for his first 40 moves.
Saturday, in the 13th game, Karpov also ran into time trouble but got out of it with eight moves in seven minutes.
But on Monday, Kasparov wasted away his time advantage on the 19th move. He thought for 53 minutes before he decided to move the queen’s knight.
On the 21st move, Karpov brought up a knight to add more pressure and grandmasters were saying that Karpov could be threatening mate quite soon.
But Kasparov battled back after being in check on the 23rd move.
After a flurry of exchanges, Karpov had just five minutes left for 14 moves but moved quickly to use just three minutes for six moves.
But Kasparov was under pressure, too, and realized he had just eight minutes left after move 32.
From then on, both players made moves in a series of rapid decisions that left them both flirting with the time limit after five hours.
Karpov put Kasparov into check three consecutive times but Kasparov kept moving his king out of danger.
The two played almost exactly the five-hour limit for the first 40 moves before Kasparov sealed his 41st move.
Experts again were divided on who had the better posiion. Another draw could be agreed upon before play resumes Tuesday.
After Saturday’s adjournment, Karpov offered a draw Sunday morning, six hours before the restart.