SEVILLE, Spain — The 12th game of the world chess championship ended in a draw Wednesday after 21 moves at the proposal of titleholder Gary Kasparov, who leads challenger Anatoly Karpov by one point.
The draw left the score in points in the 24-game duel between the two Soviet grandmasters at 6 1/2 to 5 1/2 in Kasparov's favor.
Analysts said Karpov's decision to return to the board without taking time out after losing in the 11th game was probably intended to show that the defeat had not dealt him a bruising blow.
But neither side seemed in the mood for action in their 12th encounter.
Karpov, with black, thwarted Kasparov's attempts at the English opening and the game moved toward a variation of the queen's gambit.