The second game of the world championship chess match ended in a draw yesterday as most commentators had predicted, leaving defending champion Anatoly Karpov behind by a score of 1 1/2 to 1/2. The final position, when a draw was declared after 65 moves, left challenger Gary Kasparov with a rook and two pawns against Karpov's bishop, knight and pawn. Kasparov was in a position to take Karpov's remaining pawn but could not avoid capture of his own pawns and a standard drawing situation with a rook against a minor piece. Karpov's defense was highly resourceful in a series of hair-raising situations as he methodically eliminated the challenger's two passed pawns and traded rooks.
Unlike many of the routine draws played by Karpov and Kasparov in their previous match, this was a complex, hard-fought game throughout. Many grandmaster draws leave observers feeling that both players should have lost. This was a game that both players should have won. White Karpov Black Kasparov
The game was adjourned at this point.
41. . . . Rb3
A not-very-subtle trap; if 51. Bxa3, Ra8 wins a piece.
The pawn capture is delayed again:
54. Bxa3, Rb3 loses a white piece. But the pawn has no future.
65. Bb2 Draw
Karpov's last move invites Kasparov to capture the final white pawn -- or, rather, to exchange it for the black pawn on f6, after which the position is clearly drawn; Karpov can exchange either of his two pieces for the remaining pawn and go into an end game of rook versus minor piece -- a standard draw.
If Kasparov tries to save his pawns with 65 . . . f5, he runs into complications: 66. Ng5ch! The rook must monitor the passed pawn and cannot take the knight, and the pawn has two protected squares on the way to queening. If 66 . . . Kg8; 67. h7ch, Rxh7; 68. Nxh7, Kxh7; 69. Bc1, and the position is drawn.
Also drawn would be 65 . . . Rf5; 66. h7, Kg7; 67. Nxf6, Rxf6; 68. Bxf6, Kxh7; the pawn must be taken or it becomes a queen.