JAKARTA -- Former world champion Anatoly Karpov of Russia regained the title he lost in 1985 Monday by battling to a draw in the 21st game of the FIDE World Championship against Jan Timman of the Netherlands.
The decision brought the score in the 24-game match to 12.5 to 8.5.
Karpov won six matches, lost two and drew the remainder to win the lion's share of the winner's purse of one million Swiss-franc ($700, 000).
Karpov, playing black, appeared calm and showed no affects from his loss to Timman in the 20th match over the weekend, when he resigned after the 40th moves.
'Finally, Karpov did it and regained the title,' said a commentator.
Monday's was their shortest game after Timman agreed to a draw in the 19th move after nearly three hours of play.
Karpov was the first player to regain the world championship since fellow Russian Mikhail Botvinnik.
Botvinnnik won the vacant title in 1948 after the death of Alexander Alekhine. He lost it to Vassily Smyslov in 1957 and to Mikhail Tal in 1960, regaining it in rematches the following years.
Karpov won the title in 1975 when American champion Bobby Fischer refused to play under FIDE rules. He lost it to Garry Kasparov 10 years later.
The International Chess Federation stripped the unbeaten Kasparov of the title in February when he and challenger Nigel Short of Britain refused to play a match organized by Fide in Manchester.
Kasparov retained his title in London last week by drawing the 19th game of his match with Short, which was organized by the Times.
Karpov led 7-5 when the match moved to Indonesia from the Netherlands and pulled well ahead by winning three games in a row.