Karpov and Kamsky's 13th chess game ends in a draw


Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 15:00:10 PDT

Copyright 1996 by Reuters MOSCOW (Reuter)
Russian grandmaster Anatoly Karpov held his three-point lead over U.S. challenger Gata Kamsky Monday when the 13th game of their chess world championship match ended in a draw.

The match, carried over from Sunday, ended after Kamsky struggled but failed to take advantage of a two-pawn lead over 3 1/2 hours. The 14th game will start Tuesday.
Karpov, 45, leads by 8-5 and needs just two more wins and a draw in the 20-game match to keep his World Chess Federation (FIDE) title.

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 devalued by the absence of world No. 1 Garry Kasparov, who is not challenging because of a split with FIDE.