Playing the 13th game of their match, Short needed only a draw to ensure overall victory. Playing quickly and calmly, he neutralised his opponent's attacking ambitions and moved smoothly into an advantageous position. When Short offered a draw after 39 moves, Timman had little choice but to accept.
It was the culmination of a remarkable year for Short, who has demonstrated outstanding ability as a match player, though ranked only 12th in the world on the basis of tournament results.
While the Short-Timman match was sportsmanlike, the forthcoming Short-Kasparov encounter is likely to resume the rancour conventional in struggles for the world title.Reuse content