Karpov Defeats Kasparov in 5th Game to Lead 3-2 in Title Match

Champion Anatoly Karpov won his second game in the world chess championship match against challenger Gary Kasparov in Moscow on Sunday.

Karpov now leads the series, 3-2, with 12 1/2 points needed for victory. Draws count half a point.

Karpov’s victory in the fifth game is the first either player has scored with the black pieces. In master play, white scores about 55%; having white, which moves first, is often compared to having the advantage of the serve in tennis. Grandmasters sometimes are content to draw with black and try to win only with white. Thus a win with black represents both a point and a “service break.”

Kasparov again varied his play in the opening, choosing the Ruy Lopez for the first time. It appeared that he had gained a tiny advantage around move 18, but accurate defense by the champion nullified it. Kasparov erred badly on move 25, and Karpov won a pawn as a result. Karpov carefully nursed his advantage to adjournment, and sealed his 41st move. Kasparov’s position was beyond salvation, and he resigned without resuming play.


Here are the moves of the fifth game:

Kasparov-Karpov 5, Moscow 1985:1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 d6 8 c3 0-0 9 h3 Bb7 10 d4 Re8 11 Nbd2 Bf8 12 a4 Qd7 13 axb5 axb5 14 Rxa8 Bxa8 15 d5 Na5 16 Ba2 c6 17 b4 Nb7 18 c4 Rc8 19 dxc6 Qxc6 20 c5 Nd8 21 Bb2 dxc5 22 bxc5 Qxc5 23 Bxe5 Nd7 24 Bb2 Qb4 25 Nb3 Nc5 26 Ba1 Bxe4 27 Nfd4 Ndb7 28 Qe2 Nd6 29 Nxc5 Qxc5 30 Qg4 Re8 31 Rd1 Bg6 32 Qf4 Qb4 33 Qc1 Be4 34 Re1 Qa5 35 Bb3 Qa8 36 Qb2 b4 37 Re3 Bg6 38 Rxe8 Qxe8 39 Qc1 Ne4 40 Bd5 Nc5 41 Nb3 Nd3, White Resigns.