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Anatoly Karpov made a good start to the defence his Fide (International Chess Federation) world championship, when his challenger, Gata Kamsky, resigned the first game after 56 moves. The game had been adjourned after seven hours' play on Thursday and was due to resume yesterday, but overnight analysis had convinced Kamsky that his position was hopeless and he resigned without continuing play.

The match of 20 games, which is expected to last five weeks, carries a prize fund of almost pounds 1m. It is being played in Elista, the capital of Kalmykia, a Russian republic on the Caspian Sea. Both Karpov, 45, and Kamsky, 22, are currently ranked lower than Garry Kasparov, who is champion of the rival Professional Chess Association. The full moves of the first game can be found in the Weekend section, page 31.

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