Anatoly Karpov spent an hour and 22 moves trying to win Game 19 of the world chess championship yesterday in Seville, Spain, but the former champion and current challenger was unable to crack the position of defending champion Gary Kasparov, and the adjourned game ended in a draw.

This leaves the match tied at 9 1/2 points for each player, representing three wins apiece and 13 draws. Kasparov (who has white in Game 20 today) retains his title if the 24-game match ends in a 12-12 tie. Karpov has to win at least one game more than he loses to regain the championship he lost to Kasparov in 1985.

"Kasparov's policy {of playing for draws} may not be enchanting for spectators, but I think he will try to draw all the remaining games," said Victor Korchnoi, a Soviet defector and former championship contender.

Karpov and Kasparov, after agreeing to the draw, spent seven minutes at the board in postmortem analysis of the game. This was interpreted as a sign of a thawing in their personal relationship.

It must be assumed, after a night of intensive analysis by the players' two expert teams, that the moves actually played were the best available to each side. But questions will occur to the average fan. Why all the repetitious fiddling around in moves 41-47, for example, before they began actually playing with Move 48? The answer, no doubt, is that Karpov was hoping for a bit of luck -- the sudden discovery of a weakness not noticed in his analysis or perhaps a convenient blunder by his opponent.

Once the pawns began to move, it became apparent why Karpov delayed this phase of the game. Black's 48. ... f6 seems to cramp white's kingside strategies. 49 h5 is a forlorn sort of move, almost conceding the draw, but no other pawn move seems preferable. 49. e5 looks possible, but apparently Karpov decided against it and chose his only other option, to capture the weak pawn on g7 in exchange for his own a-pawn.

Kasparov quickly brought his rook down into white's territory, assuring himself of enough counterplay by attacking the vulnerable white pawns. Karpov's rook could not take any more black pawns because it was needed to defend the white e-pawn.

Kasparov deserves credit for finding a brilliant transposition into a draw-ish pawn endgame while he was a pawn down. The burning of midnight oil in analysis paid off.

With Kasparov playing white (and therefore holding the initiative) in three of the remaining five games and after having saved himself in this game, the momentum is clearly with the champion. He has been passive recently, but a victory at this late stage would surely clinch the match for him.

Grandmaster Lubomir Kavalek contributed to this report.