World chess title on the line in Libya

July 12, 2004 at 10:31 AM

TRIPOLI, Libya, July 12 (UPI) -- The battle for the chess world championship got under way in Libya Monday between a Britain's Michael Adams and Uzbekistan's Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

Adams, 32, hopes to become Britain's first world chess champion in the deciding game of the Fide world championship final in Tripoli.

With eight of the world's top 10 players missing from this year's tournament, this could be his best chance to win the title, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Sunday, Adams leveled the score at two-and-a-half games each. A win Monday would give him the title and the $100,000 prize, and the prospect of a future showdown with the formidable grandmaster Garry Kasparov. A draw would keep his hopes alive into a game of speed chess to be played as a tiebreaker.

Adams was a grandmaster and the youngest British champion at the age of 17.

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