The Longest Drawn-Out Draw Ever

A controversial ruling brings a chess marathon to a sudden end

When the triennial match for the world chess championship opened last September, excitement ran high. Enthusiasts from all over the Soviet Union and around the world flocked to Moscow's House of Trade Unions to watch Anatoli Karpov, 33, champion since 1975, defend his crown against fellow Soviet Citizen Gary Kasparov, 21, the youngest person ever to compete in a title match. Great, even unprecedented chess was predicted. But no one expected the record-breaking outcome: the longest drawn-out draw in championship history and, in a sport richly littered with strange events, probably the most controversial referee's ruling ever.

Last week, after five...

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