Viswanathan Anand regains World Rapid Chess Championship

Vishwanathan Anand

From thereon, Anand didn't look back.

Chess legend Garry Kasparov heaped praise on Viswanathan Anand, who on Thursday, won the Fide World Rapid Chess Championships title, adding that the 48-year-old should use it as a reminder to his critics that he still had plenty to offer. "So, I came here nearly in a pessimistic frame of mind", Anand said.

With this victory, Anand took a sweet revenge of his World Championship loss from the hands of Norweigan in 2013. His wife and manager Aruna Anand was also thrilled. People find it easy to one day use the "R" (retirement) word. "What he has done in the last few years is incredible", said Aruna. I think that is just truly commendable. "India is proud of your exemplary success at the World Rapid Chess Championship".

Anand beat Fedoseev 2-0 in the two-game tie-break to ensure that his awe-inspiring show reaches its logical conclusion. I was back in time of a few years ago when I was dominating rapid chess tournaments. But to finish last was a heavy blow. Till then, however, sports enthusiasts will always wonder how a great champion like him has never been conferred India's highest civilian award. In what was a thrilling and exciting array of rapid rounds, chess lovers worldwide witnessed some exciting encounters and many surprises throughout the opening rounds.

"On the first day already, I could feel that I was playing well". It was as if the time stood still.

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Beating a player (Carlsen) who has been dominant in rapid and blitz rating lists was an accomplishment. However, Anand felt he had lost the plot after the first three games ended in draws. I was anxious that I may not be on the podium.

A win against Peter Leko in the second round provided Anand the impetus he was looking for. Then I knew that I would have a very good finish, no matter what.

In the last round, my opponent forced a quick draw with the white pieces so there was nothing much I could do.I had to wait for the other results. It meant that if Carlsen won his final game against Alexander Grischuk, the title would go to the Norwegian. However, he got into a hard position and lost.

Anand, admitted that a number of twists and turns had contributed to his emerging the top. "I am so happy that I can not describe it in words", Anand said. In 2012, he defeated Boris Gelfand via a rapid tie-break to win the title for the fourth consecutive time.


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