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Kasparov heightens tension in Game 7

The seventh game of the world chess championship between titleholder Gary Kasparov and challenger Anatoly Karpov was adjourned after 43 moves and five hours of play Friday. Karpov sealed his 44th move in an envelope to signal the end of the playing session.

Karpov has one pawn more in a rook endgame _ with rook and four pawns against Kasparov's rook and three pawns.

Experts agreed that Karpov is virtually certain to win the game and tie the 24-game series.

Kasparov currently leads the contest by a score of 3{ to 2{.

Kasparov opened the Game 7 with risky and provocative play.

Karpov sank into deep thought early in the game, suspicious of his opponent's unusual maneuvers.

Kasparov, playing the black pieces, chose the sharp and slightly disreputable King's Indian defense against Karpov's queen pawn opening.

The defense rarely features in matches at this level but Kasparov has braved the controversial opening every time he has played the black pieces.

The champion then shocked experts with his 12th move, an ambitious, complicated ploy which grandmasters labeled foolhardy.

Former world champion Mikhail Tal of the Soviet Union disapproved, saying that such positions were never advantageous for the defender.

Outspoken U.S. grandmaster Roman Dzindzihashvili immediately branded Kasparov's position as hopeless.

Experts saw the observations as excited exaggeration but agreed that Kasparov would have to demonstrate an original plan to justify his play.

But U.S. grandmaster Yasser Seirawan strongly dissented. "I like the way Kasparov is playing, and I think his position is just fine," Seirawan insisted.

Here are the moves from Friday:

Game 7

White: Karpov

Black: Kasparov

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3 Na6 8.0-0 Ng4 9.Bg5 f6 10.Bc1 Kh8 11.h3 Nh6 12.dxe5 fxe5 13.Be3 Nf7 14.Qd2 Nc5 15.Ng5 Nxg5 16.Bxg5 Bf6 17.Be3 Ne6 18.Bg4 h5 19.Bxe6 Bxe6 20.Nd5 Bh4 21.Rac1 Kh7 22.Rc3 Rf7 23.b3 c6 24.Nb4 Rd7 25.Rcc1 Bf6 26.f4 exf4 27.Bxf4 Qa5 28.Nd5 Qc5+ 29.Kh1 Bxd5 30.cxd5 Qd4 31.dxc6 bxc6 32.Rxc6 Re8 33.Rc4 Qxd2 34.Bxd2 Be5 35.Be3 Bg3 36.Rf3 h4 37.Bf2 Bxf2 38.Rxf2 Rde7 39.Rf4 g5 40.Rf6 Rxe4 41.Rxe4 Rxe4 42.Rxd6 Re7 43.Ra6 Kg7 44.Game adjourned