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Eighth game for chess title adjourned

The eighth game of the world chess championship was adjourned Monday with titleholder Gary Kasparov sealing his 41st move against challenger Anatoly Karpov. Experts considered the game, which is scheduled to resume today, as giving Karpov chances to win his second game in succession.

The score in the 24-game match is currently tied at 3{ to 3{ with each player having one win and five draws.

The game opened Monday amid a war of nerves.

Both players looked calm and confident as they readied for battle on the stage of the Hudson Theater at the Hotel Macklowe.

Titleholder Kasparov showed that his seventh-game loss had not cowed him. He used an aggressive opening, advancing his king's pawn two squares.

Play developed along the lines of the classical Closed Ruy Lopez, one of the oldest and most complex opening systems in the game.

Karpov repeated the defensive system that led to a fluctuating battle in their sixth-round duel.

Kasparov changed his tactics on move 12 but did not succeed in surprising his opponent.

Karpov continued to play quickly and confidently and landed the first completely original idea, with a bold central advance on his 14th turn. Experts agreed that Karpov and his team must have extensively prepared the counterstroke before the game.

The challenger's ploy paid immediate dividends when Kasparov used nearly three quarters of an hour to formulate his response.

Here are the moves of Monday's contest:

Game 8

White: Kasparov

Black: Karpov

Opening: Ruy Lopez, with Ragozin variation

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 0-0 9. h3 Nd7 10. d4 Bf6 11. a4 Bb7 12. Be3 Na5 13. Bc2 Nc4 14. Bc1 d5 15. dxe5 Ndxe5 16. Nxe5 Nxe5 17. axb5 axb5 18. Rxa8 Qxa8 19. f4 Ng6 20. e5 Bh4 21. Rf1 Be7 22. Nd2 Bc5+ 23. Kh2 d4 24. Qe2 dxc3 25. bxc3 Rd8 26. Ne4 Ba3 27. Bxa3 Bxe4 28. Qxe4 Qxa3 29. f5 Ne7 30. Qh4 f6 31. Qg3 Kf8 32. Kh1 Qc5 33. exf6 gxf6 34. Bb3 Nd5 35. Qh4 Kg7 36. Rd1 c6 37. Rd4 Qxc3 38. Rg4+ Kh8 39. Bxd5 Qa1+ 40. Kh2 Qe5+ 41. Game adjourned