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Fischer, Spassky draw Game 14

Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky battled to a draw Saturday in the 14th game of their $5-million chess rematch, leaving Fischer with a 5-3 lead.

The draw was agreed to after 3{ hours of play. Fischer had offered Spassky a draw earlier, but Spassky declined because of rules saying the next game must be played immediately if a game finishes in less than an hour.

"You're going to kill me in the second game," Spassky, 55, said he told the 49-year-old American, who beat Spassky in 1972 for the world championship.

The next game is scheduled for today.

The first player to win 10 games takes a $3.35-million prize; the loser gets $1.65-million. Draws do not count.

Spassky, a Russian-born French citizen, opened Saturday's game with d4, as he has done in every game in which he played white. Fischer chose the Queen's Gambit Accepted defense.

Spassky said he thought he held the advantage after the 17th move, when he played a4, but both players agreed the game later swung toward Fischer, whose bishop was in a better position.

Game 14

Spassky Fischer

(White) (Black)

1.d4 d5

2.c4 dxc4

3.Nf3 Nf6

4.e3 e6

5.Bxc4 c5

6.O-O a6

7.dxc5 Qxd1

8.Rxd1 Bxc5

9.b3 b5

10.Be2 Bb7

11.Bb2 Nbd7

12.Nbd2 O-O

13.Rac1 Rfc8

14.h3 Kf8

15.Kf1 Ke7

16.Ne1 Bd6

17.a4 Bc6

18.axb5 axb5

19.Rc2 Rc7

20.Rdc1 Rac8

21.Bf3 Bxf3

22.Ndxf3 e5

23.Rxc7 Rxc7

24.Rxc7 Bxc7

25.Nc2 Ne4

26.Na3 b4

27.Nc4 f6

28.Ne1 Ndc5

29.Nc2 Nxb3

30.Nxb4 Nbd2+

31.Nxd2 Nxd2+

32.Ke2 Nc4