LENINGRAD, Soviet Union — Champion Gary Kasparov and challenger Anatoly Karpov agreed to a draw in the 20th game of the world chess championship Monday after 21 moves.
The draw leaves the score tied at 10 each and breaks Kasparov's three-game losing streak. The next game is Wednesday, with Karpov playing white and having the theoretical advantage of making the first move.
Kasparov, who won the chess title from Karpov in November, was three points ahead of his rival two weeks ago and appeared to have an unbeatable lead, but Karpov fought back, winning three successive matches.
Only four games remain in the 24-game series, and neither player has any timeouts left.
Kasparov has an advantage since he will retain the title if the match ends in a 12-12 tie. A winning player scores a point and a draw gives each player one-half point.