The 14th game of the world chess championship match ended in a hard-fought draw yesterday in Moscow, with champion Anatoly Karpov, apparently recovered from his loss a week ago, mounting a strong assault on challenger Gary Kasparov.
In a reversal of the roles they have usually taken in recent games, it was Kasparov who played for a draw once the game had begun to develop. This is a fairly standard procedure, at and near the championship level, for players who have the black pieces and a small initial disadvantage, but it does not suit Kasparov's usually aggressive personality.
He was forced into it by Karpov's sharp, carefully prepared variation of the Sicilian Defense, beginning on Move 6, which featured a flurry of exchanges early in the game and kept the challenger constantly off balance, unable to organize his pieces for an effective counterattack.
In the final position, Kasparov can force a drawn position with bishops of opposite colors. Karpov must exchange his bishop for Kasparov's knight; any king move to escape check puts the white king in an awkward position, and most of them allow an immediate discovered check or double attack that would lose the bishop on g2.
A draw is probably all that Karpov wanted and certainly what he was willing to accept. With the score now tied at 7-7, he has a small advantage because he keeps the title if the 24-game match ends in a draw. Kasparov must win at least one game in the remaining 10 to take the title. White/Karpov -- Black/Kasparov 1. e4c5 2. Nf3e6 3. d4cxd4 4. Nxd4Nc6 5. Nc3d6 6. g4h6 7. h4a6 8. Bg2Be7 9. Be3Nxd4 10. Qxd4e5 11. Qd1Be6 12. Nd5Rc8 13. c3Nf6 14. Nxe7Qxe7 15. g5hxg5 16. hxg5Rxh1ch 17. Bxh1Ng4 18. Bd2Qf8 19. Qf3Qh8 20. Bg2Qh4 21. b3d5 22. Qg3Qxg3 23. fxg3Rd8 24. Ke2Ke7 25. Bc1d4 26. Ba3chKe8 27. cxd4exd4 28. Rh1Ne5 29. Rh8chKd7 30. Rxd8chKxd8 31. Bb2Bg4ch 32. Kd2Nf3ch Draw