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Marathon session ends in drawn game

Reigning champion Gary Kasparov could not help smiling Tuesday after a dour but successful defense against challenger Anatoly Karpov in their marathon eighth title chess game. Kasparov defied the predictions of grandmasters by saving a draw, while experts felt that Karpov had missed chances in the 84-move, 10-hour game that stretched over two evenings.

The bitter struggle ended with a mild thaw in their personal hostilities when the two rivals remained onstage for several minutes discussing possible alternatives to the course of the game.

It was the second-longest game of their record 128 title encounters.

Kasparov managed to win back the pawn he had lost during the first day of play Monday when Karpov again had to battle against the clock.

The challenger had only one minute to make four moves in the first of three resumption sessions _ failure to do so would result in immediate loss by forfeit.

Karpov made it safely to the time control but had squandered part of his superior position.

Kasparov's escape technically keeps him in the lead despite the score being tied at 4-4 since the champion retains the title in the event of a 12-12 tie.

This clause came to Kasparov's rescue in his previous duel with Karpov in 1987 when the champion rallied with a 24th game win to save the crown.

Experts seemed drained by the protracted two-day struggle and were reluctant to gauge the overall match chances after this game.

"There is no momentum _ this game has killed momentum," grandmaster Patrick Wolff said.

Both players had multiple opportunities to win the game during its long and turbulent course.

Kasparov seemed to have the point in his pocket during play Monday but saw it slip out after an amazing defensive performance from Karpov at lightning speed.

Experts had expected Kasparov to succumb to Karpov's renowned endgame technique when play resumed Tuesday, but the champion posed enough problems to finally wriggle away with a draw.

The match is scheduled to resume today with Karpov having the advantage of the white pieces and the first move.

Each player has two timeouts remaining which they may use at their discretion to postpone play.

Here are the moves from the first session on Monday:

Game 8

White: Kasparov

Black: Karpov

Opening: Ruy Lopez, 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+ Game adjourned

Here are the moves from the second session Tuesday.

41. Rg3 cxd5 42. Qg4 Qc7 43. Qd4 Qd6 44. Kh1 Re8 45. Qg4 Qd7 46. Rd3 Re1+ 47. Kh2 Re4 48. Qg3 Re5 49. Ra3 Re8 50. Qf4 Qb7 51. Kh1 Qb8 52. Qh4 Qb6 53. Qb4 d4 54. Rg3 Qc7 55. Rd3 Qc1+ 56. Kh2 Qf4+ 57. Kg1 Qc1+ 58. Kh2 Qf4+ 59. Kg1 Rc8 60. Rd1 Rd8 61. Qxb5 Qe3+ 62. Kh1 d3 63. Qa5 Qd4 64. Qa1 Qb6 65. Qa2 Kg7 66. Qd2 Qc5 67. Rf1 Rd4 68. Rf3 Qd6 69. Re3 Ra4 70. Re1 h5 71. Rb1 Qd7 72. Qd1 Kh6 73. Qd2+ Kg7 74. Qe3 h4 75. Qf3 Kh6 76. Qe3+ Kg7 77. Qf3 d2 78. Qh5 Qf7 79. Qxf7+ Kxf7 80. Rd1 Rd4 81. Kg1 Rd5 82. Kf2 Rxf5+ 83. Ke2 Rg5 84. Kf2 Draw agreed