After less than 13 minutes, it was finally over.
Viswanathan Anand extended his hand to accept Garry Kasparov's offer of a draw, and both players smiled.Kasparov looked triumphant; Anand, relieved.
With this draw, in the 18th game of the Professional Chess Association world championship, the Russian sealed the match Tuesday and retained his title with 10 1/2 points to the Anand's 7 1/2.
It was the 32-year-old Kas-parov's fifth successful defense of the title he first won in 1985.
"I hope you all had a lot of fun with the event, especially today's nail-biting finish," Anand said to laughter at the prize-giving ceremony on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center, where the match began Sept. 10.
Kasparov was presented with a crystal trophy and a check for $1 million, and Anand a check for $500,000. But 10 percent of the money goes to match organizers, leaving Kasparov with $900,000 and Anand with $450,000.
The 20-game series started with a record-breaking series of eight draws. Anand, 25, of India won the ninth game, but Kasparov hit back immediately, crushing his opponent in the 10th game. He won the 11th game after Anand made what experts described as a blunder.
The challenger recovered to draw the 12th game but went down in the 13th and 14th games, leaving himself in a hopeless situation. Kasparov was able to coast home against the reeling Anand with a series of draws in the final four games.