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Fischer, Spassky end 15th game in draw

Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky played to their third successive draw Sunday in the 15th game of their $5-million chess rematch, leaving Fischer with a 5-3 lead.

The players agreed to a draw after 32 moves.

Spassky, a Russian-born French citizen, decisively won Wednesday against Fischer, narrowing the American's lead to 5-3. But in the two subsequent games, Thursday and Saturday, the two former chess champions drew. Draws do not count and games cannot be adjourned under previously agreed game rules.

The next game is scheduled for Wednesday. The first player to win 10 games will get $3.35-million, and the loser will get $1.65-million.

In a surprise move Sunday, Fischer did not play pawn e4 as he has done every other time that he has played white.

Instead, he played pawn c4, the English opening, harkening back to the sixth game of his celebrated world championship match with Spassky 20 years ago, which the American won.

Game 15

Fischer Spassky

(White) (Black)

1. c4 e6

2. Nf3 Nf6

3. g3 d5

4. Bg2 Be7

5. 0-0 O-O

6. d4 Nbd7

7. Nbd2 b6

8. cxd5 exd5

9. Ne5 Bb7

10. Ndf3 Ne4

11. Bf4 Ndf6

12. Rc1 c5

13. dxc5 bxc5

14. Ng5 Nxg5

15. Bxg5 Ne4

16. Bxe7 Qxe7

17. Bxe4 dxe4

18. Nc4 e3

19. f3 Rad8

20. Qb3 Rfe8

21. Rc3 Bd5

22. Rfc1 g6

23. Qa3 Bxf3

24. exf3 e2

25. Re1 Rd1

26. Kf2 Rxe1

27. Kxe1 Qd7

28. Qb3 Qh3

29. Ne3 Qxh2

30. g4 Rb8

31. Qd5 Rb2

32. Qd8+ Kg7

33. Nf5+ gxf5