LONDON — World chess champion Gary Kasparov gave up trying to convert a slight advantage to a victory Saturday and agreed to a draw in the 10th game of his title competition against Anatoly Karpov.
Fifty minutes before play was to resume in the game, which was adjourned Friday night, Kasparov offered and Karpov accepted the seventh draw of the championship, officials announced.
The result left Kasparov with a 5 1/2-4 1/2-point lead over Karpov in the $920,000 championship rematch. Two games remain to be played in London before the championship shifts to Leningrad in September for the final 12 games.
"Kasparov certainly analyzed the position so long that he decided it wasn't winnable," British grandmaster Jonathan Mestel said.
Kasparov's 44th move that was sealed Friday night was king to f5, a repetition of moves he made earlier while testing the 35-year-old Karpov's defensive barrier in the endgame.