Kasparov Forgets to Stop Clock and Loses Chess Game

Associated Press

Challenger Anatoly Karpov scored a dramatic second-game victory Wednesday in his world chess championship match against titleholder Gary Kasparov, who at one point failed to punch his clock.

The win gave Karpov 1 1/2 points to Kasparov’s 1/2 point.

In an inferior position, Kasparov played his 26th move but failed to press his clock. For nearly three minutes the world champion stared at the board while his precious remaining time ran down.

Seconds after he realized he had less than a minute left for the final 14 moves, Kasparov glared at Karpov, who had been analyzing the position quietly.


Kasparov shook his head twice after hitting the button to stop his own clock from running, and to start Karpov’s clock.

Faced with an unstoppable mating attack with queen and knight, Kasparov, playing white, resigned after Karpov’s 32nd move.

Here are the moves:

Kasparov-Karpov 2: c4 Nf6 Nc3 e5 Nf3 Nc6 g3 Bb4 Bg2 0-0 0-0 e4 Ng5 Bxc3 bxc3 Re8 f3 e3 10. d3 d5 Qb3 Na5 Qa3 c6 cxd5 cxd5 f4 Nc6 Rb1 Qc7 Bb2 Bg4 c4 dxc4 Bxf6 gxf6 Ne4 Kg7 dxc4 Rad8 Rb3 Nd4 Rxe3 Qxc4 Kh1 Nf5 Rd3 Bxe2 Rxd8 Rxd8 Re1 Re8 Qa5 b5 Nd2 Qd3 Nb3 Bf3 Bxf3 Qxf3+ Kg1 Rxe1+ Qxe1 Ne3 White Resigns