Kasparov has victory in his grasp

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GARRY Kasparov is one win away from victory in the chess match at the Savoy Theatre, London, after a draw in the 18th game yesterday.

After six weeks' play, Kasparov leads by 11 1/2 -6 1/2 , having scored six wins and 11 draws to one loss.

With a maximum of 24 games to the match, he could put the issue beyond mathematical doubt with a win on Tuesday, though on current form he looks more likely to amble home with two draws.

Yesterday's game was one of the least eventful of the match.

A sharp opening offered promise of great excitement on the King's side, where Short's pieces were massed for attack, but a novel defensive formation by Kasparov forced a change of plan that led to a heavy positional struggle.

After 24 moves, only one pawn had been exchanged on each side, but a flurry of captures then led to a simplified position. Each player in turn rejected chances to complicate the game, and it was no surprise when a draw was agreed after move 35.

----------------------------------------------------------------- White: Short Black: Kasparov ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 e4c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3a6 6 Bc4 e6 7 Bb3 b5 8 0-0 Be7 9 Qf3 Qc7 10 Qg3 0-0 11 Bh6 Ne8 12 Rad1 Bd7 13 Nf3 a5 14 a4 b4 15 Ne2 Nc6 16 Nf4 Bf6 17 Nd3 e5 18 Be3 Be7 19 Nd2 Nf6 20 f3 Rfe8 21 Kh1 Be6 22 Rfe1 Rac8 23 Qf2 d5 24 Bb6 Qb8 25 Bc5 Bxc5 26 Nxc5 Nd4 27 Nxe6 fxe6 28 exd5 Nxb3 29 Nxb3 exd5 30 Nxa5 Qa8 31 Nb3 Qxa4 32 Ra1 Qc6 33 Re2d4 draw agreed -----------------------------------------------------------------

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