Karpov and Kamsky draw 12th chess title game

Date: Fri, 28 Jun 1996 11:50:10 PDT

Copyright 1996 by Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuter)
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.