chess

Gata Kamsky had to work to draw the 11th game of the Fide world championship match against Anatoly Karpov in Elista, but he finally saved himself with accurate endgame play after the adjournment. Karpov now leads 7-4 with nine games left to play.

After a series of exciting games over the past two weeks, Karpov adopted a quiet strategy in the latest encounter, settling for a nagging advantage that allowed him to indulge in his favourite manouvring style.

From move 20, it was clear that his plan had to involve an advance of his c-pawn, but he left it until move 38 when it gave him an annoying pull in a queen and rook endgame.

The game was adjourned on Wednesday night with opinion divided on whether or not Karpov would be able to squeeze out a win. On resumption yesterday, however, Kamsky showed good technique by giving up a pawn to activate his rook and steer the game to a safe draw. Here are the full moves, Karpov playing White, Kamsky Black.

1 d4 d5 34 Qe3 h5

2 c4 c6 35 Bf1 Rc6

3 Nf3 Nf6 36 Rc1 Qd6

4 Nc3 e6 37 g3 Nd7

5 e3 Nbd7 38 c5 bxc5

6 Qc2 Bd6 39 Bb5 Rc7

7 Be2 0-0 40 Bxd7 Rxd7

8 0-0 Re8 41 Rxc5 f6

9 Rd1 Qe7 42 h4 Qe6

10 a3 b6 43 Kh2 Qa6

11 e4 Nxe4 44 Qf3 Qf1

12 Nxe4 dxe4 45 Rc6 Rf7

13 Qxe4 Bb7 46 Qe3 Qb5

14 Bf4 Bxf4 47 Qc5 Qxc5

15 Qxf4 c5 48 Rxc5 g5

16 Qc7 Rab8 49 hxg5 fxg5

17 b4 Rec8 50 Kg2 Kf6

18 Qf4 Bxf3 51 b5 Kf5

19 Bxf3 cxd4 52 a4 h4

20 Qxd4 Rc7 53 a5 Rb7

21 Be2 Rbc8 54 f3 Ke6

22 Ra2 h6 55 b6 axb6

23 Rad2 Nf6 56 Rb5 h3+

24 Qe5 Rd7 57 Kxh3 Rh7+

25 Rxd7 Nxd7 58 Kg4 bxa5

26 Qd4 Nf6 59 Rxa5 Rb7

27 h3 Kf8 60 Ra6+ Ke7

28 Rc1 Nd7 61 Kxg5 Rb3

29 Bf3 e5 62 Kg4 Kf7

30 Qd3 g6 63 Rh6 Ra3

31 Rd1 Rc7 64 Rh5 Kf6

32 Be2 Kg7 65 Rf5+ Ke6

33 Qc3 Nf6 66 Kg5 e4

draw agreed

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