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   Challenger Garri Kasparov levelled his world chess title rematch with champion Anatoly Karpov at 5 ½ points each... (February 10, 1985)

MOSCOW (Reuter): Challenger Garri Kasparov levelled his world chess title rematch with champion Anatoly Karpov at 5 ½ points each yesterday with a stunning combination of moves in game 11 which forced karpov to resign.

The 25-move game, the shortest victory in memory at world championship level, created an uproar in the Tchaikovsky concert hall in Moscow, scene of the duel, as more than 1,000 fans cheered and stamped their approval.

The ovation continued for minutes after the players had left the stage.

After a slow and unclear start, Kasparov, playing white, fell behind time on the clock, surprising grandmasters by simplifying the position when they felt he had to press for complications at all costs in order to secure an advantage.

But the soporific effect of an objectively equal contest caused Karpov to lower his guard and Karpov unearthed a wicked tactical blow, sacrificing his queen.

Karpov's next moves were forced, but after he had time to reflect he saw that he would have to surrender two rooks and a knight for the queen he had been obliged to accept. Judging the price too high, he resigned.

The match is now level at two wins each and seven draws. However Karafterwords the payment for the autograph was the main subject of discussion. The money, of course, had been charged for a fund, probably for the welfare of the Harijans. And it was not the ethics of charging for an autograph that was debated, it was that the boy should have spent so much money just for an autograph. And Rs. 10 was lot of money then, especially as our monthly pocket-allowance was Rs. 4.

My own reactions were mixed. A certain admiration and possibly envy that the boy should have had so much money on him a little cynicim that he should have squandered it in this fashion.

I did not see Gandhiji again, only read about him, and then independence came and some time later he was assassinated.

After that, as two-and-a-half generations of Congressmen, most of whose speeches I covered as a reporter, kept mentioning his name and saying: "As Gandhiji told us…", the image of Gandiji in my mind became more and more distant and alien.

It was left to Sir Richard Attenborough, an English and an actor-director, to change all that through a move. That, I think the ultimate irony irony of it.

 
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