LENINGRAD, Soviet Union — World chess champion Gary Kasparov and challenger Anatoly Karpov agreed Friday to a draw in the 15th game of their title match.
Kasparov leads 8 1/2 points to 6 1/2 with nine games left to play in the 24-game match. He needs only a 12-12 tie to retain his title.
The players agreed to the draw after 29 moves. Karpov, playing white, tested the opening preparation of the champion by choosing the complex Russian variation in response to Kasparov's Gruenfeld Defense.
Karpov, 35, played the opening quickly, getting up from the board several times to pace the stage in what onlookers thought was an attempt to gain a psychological advantage.