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Viswanathan Anand wins World Rapid Chess Championship

Viswanathan Anand wins World Rapid Chess Championship

He remained unbeaten in fifteen rounds, with six wins and nine draws. In 2010, when Anand defeated Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria to win the Fide World Championships, he had the privilege of being advised by Kasparov, often hailed as a genius.

He described the win against Carlsen as the crucial moment in the tournament.

On Thursday, Anand had to settle for a draw in the first three rounds as well as the last round against Bu Xiangzhi of China. He seemed to be in great form as always.

"To beat Carlsen who has been so dominant in last few years felt like an accomplishment".

On Thursday, Anand played out couple of draws before defeating Russia's Alexander Grischuk in the 14th and penultimate round of the tournament with white pieces. Chinese grandmaster Ju Wenjun absolutely dominated the women's tournament from start to finish, winning the gold medal as the only player to finish with a win rate of almost 80%.

That game, Anand felt, turned the tide. My head keeps playing the song... we are the champions! "He has this unbelievable ability to dominate events", Anand said. "And then I started to feel the wind was behind me".

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According to the tournament regulations, "if there is a tie for the 1st place, the top 2 players according to the first eligible tie-break criterion will play a play-off". "But it has just been the most wonderful surprise, it happened because I played well", Anand said after his triumph. It is just so unexpected, after all the disappointments in rapid chess. It was unexpected because I was not even planning coming to the tournament as it was announced very late. So while feeling euphoric, I had to contain my happiness.

With this victory, Anand took a sweet revenge of his World Championship loss from the hands of Norweigan in 2013.

Since his poor show at London chess classic, Anand returned to Chennai and spent considerable time with his family. 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 far as the other Indians are concerned - 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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