World chess champion Garry Kasparov pushed challenger Anatoly Karpov to the brink of elimination from their title match Saturday with a flashy 41-move win in the 20th game.
Kasparov now leads the 24-game series 11-9 with four wins, two losses and 14 draws.Kasparov, playing white, combined speed and power to unleash a ferocious attack on the black king, which eventually caused his challenger huge material losses.
Karpov was forced to defend a very risky position with only seconds separating him from loss by forfeit.
The champion manipulated the game in his best crowd-pleasing style, sacrificing assets to strip his opponent of defenders, then invading to recoup his investment with interest.
The players exchanged a firm handshake at the end of the game as applause erupted from a capacity crowd of about 1,000.
Despite their long-running rivalry and the drama of the day's clash, the players remained onstage for several minutes, discussing the intricacies of the game.
The next game is Monday.
Here are the moves Saturday: