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Stalemate in chess match

Michael Adams, for England, and Viswanathan Anand (India) stand level at one-and-a-half points each after three games of the semi-finals of the Fide (International Chess Federation) World Chess Championships in Groningen, in the Netherlands. All three games have been drawn. Anand had the advantage of the white pieces in the final game of the match today.

If this also ends in a draw, the contest will be decided by a series of quick-play tie-break games tomorrow. The winner will then meet the reigning Fide champion, Anatoly Karpov, in a six-game match for the title beginning in Lausanne, Switzerland, on New Year's Day.

- William Hartston