Who said what as Viswanathan Anand wins World Rapid Chess Championship

World Rapid and Blitz Championships

Anand, the former World No.1 lost his crown to Carlsen in 2013 and although he defeated the Norwegian in 2014, the win Thursday will be a ideal way to finish an underwhelming year for him. Anand however, seems to be firmly watching his back for the world No.1 player Carlsen.

But their relationship soured over the years, specially after Anand refused to take sides and support Anatoly Karpov when he stood for the presidency of the world chess federation, Fide, in 2010. He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991-92, India's highest sporting honour. "(In the final round) My opponent Bu Xiangzhi made a decision to force aquick draw with white pieces.

Two more draws with Alexander Moiseenko of Ukraine and Nigel Short of England ensued before Anand won fluently against Ivan Salgedo Lopez of Spain. To add to that, Anand wasn't in the best frame of mind before entering this tournament.

"The crucial moment was the win against Magnus Carlsen". He also gave everyone a glimpse into what was going on inside the brilliant mind that won the tournament - "We are the champions"!

One thing is certain; chess fans all around the world will have their eyes firmly on the next phase of the tournament.

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The "Madras Tiger" as he is fondly known defeated Russian Vladimir Fedoseev in a two-game tie-breaker to clinch the trophy.

Anand speaks about his campaign, last minute twists and how he nearly the missed Riyadh event Viswanathan Anand nearly missed the ongoing King Salman World Rapid and Blitz tournament. "Once the tie-break started and I got a big advantage in the first game". But it has just been the most wonderful surprise. It was unexpected because I was not even planning coming to the tournament as it was announced very late. "I am so happy that I can not describe it in words", Anand said. There are those unexpected feelings and the most unbelievable feeling of all was to have the title of World Champion again.

As a result, it was a draw with Jhao Jun of China in the opening round and then Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus proved no match for the Indian in the second round. With four points out of a possible six, Anand is a point behind eight leaders on five points apiece and now shares the 18th spot.

As for the other Indians, P Harikrishna finished 16th, Surya Shekhar Ganguly 60th, Vidit Gujarathi 61st, B Adhiban 65th and S P Sethuraman 96th.

Garry Kasparov heaped praise on Anand, saying the title is a ideal answer for everyone who wanted him to end his career.

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