BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ Young Hungarian chess whiz Peter Leko earned a difficult but precious draw Monday against ruling chess world champion Alexander Khalifman.

Although Leko, 21, was in better position in the first part of the game, the two players agreed on the draw after the 42nd move, the MTI state news agency said.

The draw came in the first of a series of six games between the two in the Hungarian capital, Budapest. If the match is tied after six games, tiebreakers will be played.

It was Khalifman's first official match since becoming world champion in Las Vegas last August. Despite holding the title, the 33-year-old Russian is ranked 28th in the world by FIDE, the international chess federation. Leko is eighth.