Karpov tightens screws on Kamsky with another win

Date: Tue, 2 Jul 1996 12:00:13 PDT
Copyright 1996 by Reuters MOSCOW (Reuter)
Russian grandmaster Anatoly Karpov beat U.S. challenger Gata Kamsky Tuesday on the 62nd move in the 14th game of their chess world championship match. Karpov, 45, leads 9-5 and needs just one more win and a draw in the 20-game series 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 score one point for a win 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.