LONDON — The second game of the world chess championship was adjourned Wednesday after challenger Anatoly Karpov sealed his 41st move, and experts said that titleholder Gary Kasparov is in a fair position to win. The first game ended in a draw.
Karpov's move will be opened when play resumes this afternoon.
With both players short of time Wednesday, Kasparov, playing white, infiltrated with a rook into Karpov's queen's side, leaving him a pawn ahead in the hard-fought game at adjournment.
British grandmaster Nigel Short, the world's ninth-ranked player, said Kasparov should win the game if he "plays it right," although it would not be easy.
Swedish international master Harry Schussler agreed. "It should be" a victory for Kasparov, he said.
In the opening moves Wednesday, Karpov used a variation of the Nimzo-Indian defense.