Yesterday's game was a curious affair, ending just as it seemed to be getting interesting. After an early exchange of queens, Short's position looked comfortable. Kasparov, despite playing with the white pieces, was thinking for a long time over his moves, while Short's came quickly and confidently.
At move 23, Kasparov initiated a manoeuvre that let his rook in among Short's weak black pawns. It was clear that Short had either stumbled into a bad position, or had seen some deep idea of counterplay that nobody else in the hall had appreciated. Just as most of the spectators were despairing of Short's position, Kasparov, a pawn ahead, offered a draw which Short accepted.
Analysis after the game indicated that the position was considerably more complicated than had been apparent to the vast majority of those watching, and perhaps Short and Kasparov did understand it better than anyone else after all. Nevertheless, agreeing a draw at that moment was a very strange decision, perhaps only justifiable by Kasparov's position in the match.
The result means Kasparov will become the first PCA world champion, since Short, Kasparov and his lawyer, the only known members of the PCA, all agreed that he was world champion after they broke from the International Chess Federation (Fide).
In the Fide world championship, being played in Jakarta, Indonesia, Anatoly Karpov leads Jan Timman by 8 1/2 -5 1/2 .
Here are the full moves of the Kasparov-Short game.
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6
3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 d6
5 Bxc6+ bxc6 6 d4 exd4
7 Qxd4 Nf6 8 0-0 Be7
9 e5 c5 10 Qd3 dxe5
11 Qxd8+ Bxd8 12 Nxe5 Be7
13 Re1 0-0 14 Bg5 Be6
15 Nd2 Rfe8 16 h3 h6
17 Bh4 Rad8 18 Ndf3 g5
19 Bg3 Bd5 20 Rad1 Kg7
21 c4 Bb7 22 Rxd8 Rxd8
23 Nc6 Bxc6 24 Rxe7 Rd1+
25 Kh2 Ne4 26 Rxc7 DrawReuse content