Kasparov in Control as 18th Game of World Chess Match Adjourns

From Times Wire Services

World chess champion Gary Kasparov regained control of his title defense against Anatoly Karpov with a powerful performance in the 18th game of their match Saturday.

Kasparov adjourned by sealing his 41st move in an envelope to end the five-hour playing session.

The champion had the advantage of an extra pawn and the more active position, and experts unanimously predicted that Karpov would lose the game.

The players remained tied overall at 8 1/2 to 8 1/2, with two wins and 13 draws each. The 18th game was scheduled to resume today. Kasparov needs only a 12-12 tie in the 24-game series to retain the crown.


Here are the moves of the game:

Kasparov-Karpov 18: 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 Nd7 10 d4 Bf6 11 a4 Bb7 12 Na3 exd4 13 cxd4 Nb6 14 Bf4 bxa4 15 Bxa4 Nxa4 16 Qxa4 a5 17 Bd2 Re8 18 d5 Nb4 19 Bxb4 axb4 20 Qxb4 Rb8 21 Qc4 Qc8 22 Nd4 Ba6 23 Qc3 c5 24 dxc6 Bxd4 25 Qxd4 Qxc6 26 b4 h6 27 Re3 Re6 28 f3 Rc8 29 Rb3 Bb5 30 Rb2 Qb7 31 Nc2 Qe7 32 Qf2 Rg6 33 Ne3 Qe5 34 Rbb1 Bd7 35 Ra5 Qe7 36 Ra7 Qd8 37 Nd5 Kh7 38 Kh2 Rb8 39 f4 Re6 40 Qd4 Qe8.