The 22nd and possibly decisive game of the world chess championship between defender Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov Sunday was postponed a second time, organizers announced.
Florencio Campomanas, president of the International Federation of Chess, reached an agreement with both players to put off the 22nd game until Wednesday by using a technical time-out so the game would not be played today, Christmas Eve. Karpov took his third and final time-out Saturday; Kasparov has used all his time-outs.
Kasparov leads the series 11 1/2 to 9 1/2 and needs only a draw to gain the 12 points needed to win and retain the title. He will play white in the 22nd game and has won the last three times he has played white in the nine games in Lyon.