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Viswanathan Anand, the 25-year-old challenger for the world championship, saw the title slip further from his grasp when he suffered a disastrous defeat in the 13th game of his match against Garry Kasparov.

With seven games left to play, Anand now trails by two points and, with Kasparov needing only to tie the match to retain his title, the Indian's task looks almost impossible.

The latest game was by far his worst of the match. Kasparov played the same Sicilian Dragon variation as in game 11, but this time Anand introduced a new idea with 12.Nxc6.

By blocking the c-file, he hoped to lessen Black's counterplay, while he got on with his own attack. It all went disastrously wrong.

Playing with great energy, Kasparov broke open the centre to leave Anand's uncastled king no safe place to hide. With 20.Bxd5 giving Black a winning attack after 20...Rcd8 21.e7 Rfe8, Anand was forced to retreat, but 20...c4! made castling K-side impossible and castling Q-side suicidal.

All that remained was for White's king to be executed in the centre, to which task Kasparov applied himself with his customary ruthlessness. In the final position (see diagram), 26.Qd4+ loses to Qxd4 and Nd2+, 26.Qe1 loses to 26...Rd6 27.fxe4 (to stop Nd2+) Rf6+ 28.Ke2 Rxe4+ and - the real point of 25...Ne4! - 26.fxe4 Rf6+ 27.Ke1 (or 27.Ke2 Rf2+) Rxe4+ 28.Be2 Qf2+ 29.Kd1 Rxe2! 30.Qxe2 Rd6+ wins everything for Black. Here are the moves of Anand's unlucky 13th game:

White: Viswanathan Anand

Black: Garry Kasparov

13th match game

1 e4 c5 14 Bc4 Qb6

2 Nf3 d6 15 Bxg7 Kxg7

3 d4 cxd4 16 b3 Be6

4 Nxd4 Nf6 17 Nd5 Bxd5

5 Nc3 g6 18 exd5 e5

6 Be3 Bg7 19 dxe6 d5

7 Qd2 Nc6 20 Be2 c4

8 f3 0-0 21 c3 Rce8

9 Bc4 Bd7 22 bxc4 Rxe6

10 h4 h5 23 Kf1 Rfe8

11 Bb3 Rc8 24 Bd3 dxc4

12 Nxc6 bxc6 25 Bxc4 Ne4

13 Bh6 c5 White resigns

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