World chess champion Anatoly Karpov and challenger Gary Kasparov on Saturday played perhaps the most exciting game of their title match, but the dramatic contest ended in a draw.
A full house of more than 1,000 spectators saluted the effort with thunderous applause as the game, the 10th of the match, ended in perpetual check after 36 moves.
Experts said the game was perhaps the most exciting of what has already been a combative match. Both players were praised for their accuracy and inventiveness.
Karpov leads the match with 5 1/2 points to Kasparov’s 4 1/2. The match goes to the first player to win six games or to amass 12 1/2 points. A win counts one point and a draw a half point.
The next game, with Kasparov playing white, is scheduled for Tuesday.
Here are the moves in the game:
Kasparov-Karpov 10: 1 e4 c5 2 nf3 d6 3 d4 c:d4 4 n:d4 nf6 5 nc3 a6 6 be2 e6 7 0-0 be7 8 f4 0-09 kh1 qc7 10 a4 nc6 11 be3 re8 12 bg1 rb8 13 qd2 e5 14 nb3 na5 15 n:a5 q:a5 16 ba7 ra8 17 be3 qb4 18 qd3 be6 19 f5 bd7 20 ra3 qa5 21 rb3 b5 22 a:b5 a:b5 23 n:b5 bc6 24 bf3 rab8 25 c4 qa8 26 bg5 b:e4 27 b:e4 n:e4 28 b:e7 r:e7 29 ra3 qc6 30 b4 h5 31 na7 r:a7 32 r:a7 r:b4 33 qf3 r:c434 q:h5 nf2ch 35 kg1 nh3ch 36 kh1 nf2ch 37 Kg1 drawn.