Short loses control and is quick to accept draw

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NIGEL SHORT and Garry Kasparov yesterday drew the 14th game of the World Chess Championship - resuming the plot that became depressingly familiar for the Englishman in the early weeks.

Good opening preparation and accurate middle-game play secured Short a clear advantage. Faced with two passed pawns, and increasing difficulties in keeping them blockaded, Kasparov launched a counter-attack that had an air of desperation about it. But on his 34th move, Short missed his chance. Playing to restrain Kasparov's developing initiative instead of pushing forward with his own attack, Short lost control of the game.

At move 39, just as Kasparov seemed to have secured a clear advantage, he offered a draw which Short's hand shot forward to accept.

Here are the moves:

----------------------------------------------------------------- White: Short Black: Kasparov ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Bc4 e6 7 Bb3 Nc6 8 Be3 Be7 9 f4 0-0 10 0-0 Nxd4 11 Bxd4 b5 12 e5 dxe5 13 fxe5 Nd7 14 Ne4 Bb7 15 Nd6 Bxd6 16 exd6 Qg5 17 Qe2 e5 18 Bc3 Qg6 19 Rad1 Kh8 20 Bd5 Bxd5 21 Rxd5 Qe6 22 Rfd1 Rfc8 23 Ba5 Rc6 24 b3 Rac8 25 Bc7 Re8 26 c4 bxc4 27 bxc4 f5 28 h3 h6 29 Qc2 e4 30 Qa4 Rc5 31 Rxc5 Nxc5 32 Qc6 Nd7 33 Qd5 Qg6 34 Qd2 Re5 35 Qe3 Qe6 36 Rc1 Rc5 37 Rc2 Kg8 38 a4 Kf7 39 Qf2 e3 Draw agreed. -----------------------------------------------------------------