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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

World Team Pulls Away From Russia

Russia's chess team fell three points behind the Rest of the World on Tuesday in the international tournament at the Kremlin, with only two rounds remaining in the tournament to make a push to reclaim its long-vaunted superiority at the game.

The Russian team had trailed by just a point for several rounds, but the World players sprinted ahead in the eighth round, leaving the score in the FIDE-sponsored event at 41.5-38.5.

In similar events in 1970 and 1984, teams from the Soviet Union defeated teams from the Rest of the World, and some expected that this running would be similar: FIDE has been criticized for not fielding the best team for the Rest of the World by not getting Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria or Michael Adams of England, both among the world's top 10.

In round six, each team won two games and the other six games were drawn. Round seven was also even with each team winning one game and the other eight games drawn. In round eight, the World had the only two victories.

In round six, Boris Gelfand of Israel won a pawn on move 23 against Alexey Dreev and nursed it to victory in a long ending.

Nigel Short of England had the courage to play the risky Alekhine Defense against the world's top player, Garry Kasparov. Short got into an extremely passive position but survived to hold the draw.

Fresh from her round five victory against Kasparov, Judit Polgar of Hungary, with the black pieces, outplayed the world's second-highest rated player, Vladimir Kramnik, who held the draw despite being down a pawn.

In round seven, Polgar's recent success came to an abrupt end against Dreev. Her attack wasn't enough to make up for her material deficit.

Against Teimour Radjabov, a fellow-native of Azerbaijan, Kasparov was fortunate to draw. He sacrificed a pawn and then an exchange for considerable pressure, but Radjabov weathered the storm and emerged up a pawn. He then missed a win in the ending.

Kasparov's woes mounted in round eight as he lost to Vladimir Akopian of Armenia, one of the reserves. He obtained a good position early as Black but then proceeded to misplay it. His kingside advances endangered his own king more than his opponents. In the end, his position collapsed.

When the game finished, Kasparov got up and left the hall immediately in obvious disgust.