Sport: Virtuoso Performance in Seville

In a brilliant finale, Kasparov retains the world chess title

Even for devoted fans, the two-month-long world chess championship in Seville had been something of a sleeper. The games had been mostly lackluster, with all but six of the first 22 ending in a draw, as the two Soviet opponents reined in their simmering disdain for each other. But last week the chess world came awake with a jolt.

! In Game 23, a stunned Gary Kasparov, 24, the world champion since 1985, was forced to concede after making an amateurish blunder. With that, Challenger and former Champion Anatoly Karpov, 36, took a 12-11 lead. To keep his crown, Kasparov had...