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With eight games left in the PCA world championship match in New York, Garry Kasparov leads Viswanathan Anand by 61/2-51/2. As the 12th game showed, however, the challenger has by no means given up hope.

Varying at move five from the line that had led him to a crushing defeat in game 10, Anand secured a sound, but slightly inferior position from the opening. When queens were exchanged at move 21, White's control of the b-file gave him some advantage.

At move 25, White had the clear plan of d4 and d5, to push the knight away from c6, then Ra7 followed by Rxa6 or Rbb7. Kasparov brought his king to the centre to support the pawn advance, but this gave Anand the time to mount some ingenious counterplay.

With 30...g4! and 31...e4+! he gained activity for his own rooks. The final moves came in a rapid flurry that left the official game demonstrators well behind. Kasparov temporarily sacrificed a rook, forcing Anand to return the loan in order to prevent a pawn from queening. When the dust had settled, a drawn rook-and-pawn ending was left.

It was one of the best contested games of the match so far, and, remarkably, the first one to reach move 40.

Here are the full moves, with Kasparov playing White.

1 e4 e5 23 Rfb1 Nc6

2 Nf3 Nc6 24 Rb7 Rbc8

3 Bb5 a6 25 Kf2 Rf7

4 Ba4 Nf6 26 Ke2 Rcf8

5 0-0 b5 27 d4 g5

6 Bb3 Bc5 28 Kd3 Rg7

7 a4 Bb7 29 d5 exd5

8 d3 d6 30 exd5 g4

9 Nc3 b4 31 dxc6 e4+

10 Nd5 Na5 32 Kxe4 gxf3

11 Nxf6+ Qxf6 33 gxf3 Re7+

12 Ba2 h6 34 Kd4 Kxf3

13 c3 bxc3 35 e4 Rxh3

14 bxc3 0-0 36 Rxc7 Rxc7

15 Be3 Rad8 37 Rb8+ Kf7

16 Rb1 Bc8 38 Rb7 Re7

17 Qe2 Be6 39 c7 Rxc7

18 h3 Bxa2 40 Rxc7+ Ke6

19 Qxa2 Bxe3 41 Ra7 h5

20 fxe3 Qe6 42 Rxa6 Rh1

21 Qxe6 fxe6 43 Ra8 h4

22 Rb4 Rb8 draw agreed

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