Karpov, Kamsky draw eighth chess title game

MOSCOW (Reuter)

Russian grandmaster Anatoly Karpov and young challenger Gata Kamsky drew the eighth game of their chess world championship match Friday.

The game was carried over from Thursday after the 57th move. Friday, Itar-Tass news agency said, they made six moves each and agreed to a draw when Kamsky realized that he had no chance of winning.

Karpov, 45, leads 5 1/2 to 2 1/2 in the 20-game series.
Kamsky, 22, who defected from the Soviet Union to the United States in 1988, is challenging the veteran for the World Chess Federation (FIDE) title in Elista, capital of Russia's semi-autonomous Kalmyk Republic, near the Caspian Sea.
Players win one point for victory and half a point for a draw. If they are level after 20 games, the match will continue until one of them wins another game.

Victory for either contestant will be tainted by the absence of world number one Garry Kasparov, who is not challenging because of a split with FIDE.