Russian grandmaster Anatoly Karpov and U.S. challenger Gata Kamsky drew the 12th game of their chess world championship match Friday, making the overall score 7.5-4.5 to Karpov.
Karpov and Kamsky agreed to a draw after 54 moves. Karpov, 45, needs at least three more wins in the 20-game match to keep his World Chess Federation (FIDE) title. The 13th game is Sunday.
Kamsky, 22, who defected from the Soviet Union to the United
States in 1988, is challenging Karpov in Elista, capital of
Russia's semi-autonomous Kalmyk Republic, near the Caspian Sea.
Players get one point for a win and half a point for a draw. If they are tied 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.