Viswanathan Anand remains unbeaten to win World Rapid Chess Championship

Marie Harrington
December 30, 2017

However, Anand had to play the tie-breaker before clinching the title as Vladimir Fedoseev and Ian Nepomniachtchi, both of Russian Federation, also scored 10.5.

The biggest of them, though, came against world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, his recent nemesis.

With absolutely no time to relax after a brilliant show that saw him clinch the World Rapid Championship on Thursday, Anand was a bit tentative at the start of the world blitz that is played with just three minutes to each player with a two second increment after every move is made.

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Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand lifted the World Rapid Chess Championship title beating Russia's Vladimir Fedoseev in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. What's interesting is that Anand wasn't even expected to be part of the event. This tournament win also made him the undisputed world champion, when the two faction of global chess came together. In his own inimitable style, Kasparov slammed Anand's detractors, especially those who say that he should retire. "So, I came here nearly in a pessimistic frame of mind", Anand said.

"The last two rapid events were nothing short of disastrous". To add to that, Anand wasn't in the best frame of mind before entering this tournament. I then calculated the line which actually happened in the game. In 2010, Anand defended his title in the World Chess Championship against Veselin Topalov and in 2012 he set win against Boris Gelfand. He actually won the tie-break 2-0. But it has been the most wonderful surprise. But I think the most incredible feeling of all is to have the title of world champion again.

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

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