Challenger Gary Kasparov was back in his familiar wild and brilliant style yesterday in the brief, violent second session of Game 9 in the World Chess Championship in Moscow. But despite Kasparov's dazzling fireworks, the game ended in a draw, leaving the match score at five to four in champion Anatoly Karpov's favor.
The match will go to the first player who wins six games or scores more than 12 points, with draws counting for a half point. If the final score is a tie, Karpov keeps the championship.
Beginning with Karpov's 42nd move as black, the second session lasted only 10 moves, but in that brief span Kasparov managed to capture a knight in exchange for three pawns and to spring several checkmate threats.
If Karpov had not found the right response, Kasparov could have finished the game with 45. Qg8ch, or later with 50. Qxg6, mate. Karpov fought off both threats and in the final position had his queen placed to prevent another threat, 54. Qf4, mate. Karpov was also ready to force an exchange of queens with 53 . . . Qe2ch.
Once the queens were off the board and white's final pawn was traded or neutralized, Kasparov could not hope for anything more than a draw. On the other hand, his king and bishop would be able to handle any threats from Karpov's three remaining pawns.
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