Garry Kasparov of Russia took a giant step Monday toward retaining his title of Professional Chess Assn. world champion by defeating Viswanathan Anand of India in the 13th game of their world championship in New York.
With seven games to go, Kasparov leads the match, 7 1/2 to 5 1/2.
Kasparov has dominated the match since losing the ninth game Sept. 25. He has won three of the four succeeding games, and Anand had to work hard to save a draw in the other. In order for Anand to dethrone Kasparov, he must score five points in the remaining seven games.
In Monday's game, Kasparov, as Black, began with the Sicilian Dragon, the defense with which he scored a lucky win Thursday. Anand, not surprised this time by Kasparov's choice of the Dragon, had prepared an unusual idea on move 12. It proved ineffective, thanks to Black's excellent 18th move. Anand then made a poor decision. Rather than accepting a small disadvantage, he opened the center with his faulty 19th move. He gained a pawn, but his king came under attack. A few energetic moves by Black finished him off.
Speaking about the Dragon, Kasparov said: "It took a lot of preparation and courage to play a risky opening."
"It looked easy, but there's a lot of tension just behind the curtain in this match," he added.
Game 14 begins today at noon. Here are the moves of Monday's game:
Anand-Kasparov #13: 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6 6 Be3 Bg7 7 Qd2 Nc6 8 f3 0-0 9 Bc4 Bd7 10 h4 h5 11 Bb3 Rc8 12 Nxc6 bxc6 13 Bh6 c5 14 Bc4 Qb6 15 Bxg7 Kxg7 16 b3 Be6 17 Nd5 Bxd5 18 exd5 e5 19 dxe6 d5 20 Be2 c4 21 c3 Rce8 22 bxc4 Rxe6 23 Kf1 Rfe8 24 Bd3 dxc4 25 Bxc4 Ne4, White resigns.
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World Chess Championship
Monday winner: Kasparov
Standings: Kasparov leads 7 1/2--5 1/2 in best of 20 series
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