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Concession ties chess championship

Defending champion Gary Kasparov conceded Game 7 of the world chess championship Saturday to challenger Anatoly Karpov, leaving the pair deadlocked in the $3-million showdown. Kasparov _ acknowledged by chess experts to be at a disadvantage in the game at the point it broke off for the night Friday _ opted to resign rather than resume play, said Phyllis Arnold, spokeswoman for the championship.

The championship is now tied 3{-3{. A player gets one point for a victory, and each player gets a half point for a tie. Each player has now won once, with the other five games ending in draws.

The first player to reach 12{ points wins the championship.

The first 12 games are being played in New York and the remainder will be played in Lyons, France.

The seventh game was adjourned Friday night when Karpov wrote down his 44th move and sealed it in an envelope. If Kasparov had not conceded defeat, play would have resumed Saturday evening.

Here are the moves from Friday:

Game 7

White: Karpov. Black: Kasparov. Opening: King's Indian.

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