SEVILLE, Spain — The hard-fought ninth game of the world chess championship between titleholder Gary Kasparov and challenger Anatoly Karpov was drawn after 70 moves Thursday at the suggestion of Karpov.
The score in the match remains tied at 4 1/2-4 1/2. Each player has scored two victories, and there were five draws.
Play had been adjourned after 43 moves on Wednesday with Karpov, playing white, holding an advantage. But when the game resumed Thursday, he was unable to win against Kasparov's finely tuned defensive maneuvers.
"I think this game shows the difficulty Karpov is having in winning with the white pieces, while Kasparov's play in the match is getting better and better," commented Ricardo Calvo, a Spanish international master.