Chess Quarterfinal Begins With a Draw

From Associated Press

Former world champion Anatoly Karpov of the Soviet Union and Iceland’s Johann Hjartarson played to a draw after 15 moves Saturday in the first game of their World Chess Championship Candidates quarterfinal.

Hjartarson, 25, playing white, offered the draw and Karpov, 37, accepted.

The opening, described as the doubly delayed exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez, moved quickly and the game was over in 1 hour and 25 minutes.

The match is to continue today.


The winner of the Candidates series of matches will challenge world champion Gary Kasparov for his world title in 1990.

Three quarterfinal matches are under way or about to begin. The fourth was won by British Grandmaster Jonathan Speelman, who advanced to the semifinals.