Garry Kasparov will remain world chess champion for at least two more years. He drew the 17th game of his Professional Chess Assn. world championship match against Viswanathan Anand Monday in New York.
Kasparov holds a 10-7 lead in the best-of-20 series. If Anand wins the last three games, the match would end in a 10-10 tie, the players would divide a $1.35-million prize fund, and Kasparov would keep his world championship title.
If Kasparov draws today, the match would end and he would collect the winner's share of $900,000. The prize fund was reduced from $1.5 million to pay for organizational and promotional costs.
Although Anand admitted last week that Kasparov's spurt of four wins and a draw in Games 10 to 14 had decided the outcome, he fulfilled his pledge to "take one more shot at him" in Monday's game. Kasparov, playing Black, chose the Sicilian Dragon for the fourth time, and Anand reacted well. White's 17th and 19th moves gave him an enduring advantage in the end game. On move 32, Kasparov refused to defend passively, preferring a counterattack against White's kingside pawns. Anand emerged a pawn ahead, but Kasparov managed to eke out a draw in the nearly five hour match.
Here are the moves of Monday's game:
Anand-Kasparov #17: 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6 6 Be3 Bg7 7 f3 0-0 8 Qd2 Nc6 9 Bc4 Bd7 10 h4 h5 11 Bb3 Rc8 12 0-0-0 Ne5 13 Bg5 Rc5 14 Kb1 Re8 15 Rhe1 Qa5 16 a3 b5 17 Bxf6 exf6 18 Nde2 Rc6 19 Nd5 Qxd2 20 Rxd2 Nc4 21 Bxc4 bxc4 22 Red1 f5 23 exf5 Bxf5 24 Nd4 Bxd4 25 Rxd4 Re2 26 R4d2 Rxd2 27 Rxd2 Kf8 28 Kc1 Be6 29 Rd4 Bxd5 30 Rxd5 Ke7 31 Rb5 Ke6 32 Rb7 Rc5 33 Rxa7 g5 34 Ra8 gxh4 35 Re8+ Kd7 36 Re4 c3 37 Rxh4 cxb2+ 38 Kxb2 Rg5 39 a4 f5 40 a5 f4 41 a6 Kc7 42 Rxf4 Rxg2 43 Rf7+ Kb8 44 Kc3 h4 45 Kd3 Rf2 46 c4 Ra2 47 Ke4 Rxa6 48 Rh7 Ra5 49 f4 Kc8 50 f5 Kd8 51 Kf4 Rc5 52 Kg5 Rxc4 53 Kg6 Rg4+ 54 Kf7 d5 55 f6 Kd7 56 Kf8+ Ke6 57 f7 Rf4 58 Kg8 d4 59 f8Q Rxf8+ 60 Kxf8 Ke5 61 Rxh4 d3 62 Rh3 Ke4 63 Rxd3, Drawn.
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