After five weeks of missed opportunities turning into draws and demoralising defeats, Short played with perfect control yesterday to punish Kasparov for some over-ambitious play. He said after the win: 'I'm pleased because although this was not a masterpiece I played fairly well.'
Kasparov now leads by 10.5- 5.5 and still needs only two points to clinch the match.
According to his friend and confidant, Dominic Lawson, Short started the day suffering from a cold and not feeling up to an attacking game. Instead of his normal vigorous play with the white pieces, he began is restrained style, offering an early exchange of queens and apparently content to draw.
Kasparov resigned at move 38 with his position irreparably wrecked. It was Short's first win against him since 1986. The 17th game is tomorrow and the bookmakers William Hill have cut the odds on Short to win the championship from 1,000-1 to 500-1.
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