chess William Hartston

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It's all over bar the shouting. By winning the 14th game of the PCA world title match in New York, Garry Kasparov extended his lead to 81/2-51/2, and now needs only two points from the last six games to clinch the contest. But the shouting - from the spectators - has become a disturbing issue.

Both players protested to the arbiter during the latest game, when applause and shouts permeated the supposedly soundproof booth in which the games are played, on the 107th floor of the World Trade Centre. Kasparov grimaced and threw his hands in the air, then over his ears, and told the arbiter: "You've got to protect us." Anand likened the conditions to those of an amateur tournament.

Back on the board, Anand played the unusual (and rather dubious) Centre Counter Defence. He secured a good position from the opening and even turned down an offer of a draw at move 16. By move 25, he had some advantage, but Kasparov fought back, offering a knight sacrifice at move 27.

With both men becoming dangerously short of time, the final 10 moves were played very rapidly. After turning down the sacrifice - probably a mistake - Anand seemed to lose the thread of the game entirely. When queens were exchanged, his position became difficult, then fell apart entirely as he rushed his final moves.

On passing the time control at move 40, he surveyed the remains of his position: a pawn down, with a bishop buried behind its own pawns, a white passed pawn in the centre of the board and a white rook poised to invade and make further gains. With no counterplay possible, Black's game was hopeless and Anand resigned.

When he looks back on this match, game 14 will be another to add to the ever-lengthening list of missed opportunities.

Here are the full moves of the game, Kasparov playing White, Anand Black.

1 e4 d5 22 c4 Qf7

2 exd5 Qxd5 23 a5 Bf8

3 Nc3 Qa5 24 cxd5 cxd5

4 d4 Nf6 25 Bh4 Nd6

5 Nf3 c6 26 a6 b6

6 Ne5 Be6 27 Ne5 Qe6

7 Bd3 Nbd7 28 g4 hxg4

8 f4 g6 29 Nxg4 Bg7

9 0-0 Bg7 30 Rc7 Ne4

10 Kh1 Bf5 31 Ne3 Bh3

11 Bc4 e6 32 Rg1 g5

12 Be2 h5 33 Bg4 Bxg4

13 Be3 Rd8 34 Qxg4 Qxg4

14 Bg1 0-0 35 Rxg4 Nd6

15 Bf3 Nd5 36 Bf2 Nb5

16 Nxd5 exd5 37 Rb7 Re4

17 Bf2 Qc7 38 f5 Rxg4

18 Rc1 f6 39 Nxg4 Rc8

19 Nd3 Rfe8 40 Rd7 Rc2

20 b3 Nb6 41 Rxd5 1-0

21 a4 Nc8

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