Prez, PM congratulate Viswanathan Anand for winning World Chess title

Prez, PM congratulate Viswanathan Anand for winning World Chess title

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 48-year-old stunned world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the ninth round.

Anand won his first FIDE World Chess Championship in 2000 in Tehran, after several near-misses in the year before.

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India's chess ace Viswanathan Anand beat Russia's Vladimir Fedoseev to lift the World rapid chess championship in Riyadh on Thursday.

In 2010, Anand had to go through an unexpected obstacle en route his world title - a volcano, cancellation of flights and a road trip.

This win was obviously a special moment for Anand, as he himself took to Twitter, to thank all those who wished him. "But I played well", Anand said after his triumph. "So, I came here nearly in a pessimistic frame of mind", Anand said.

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"Plus, my last two rapid events have been nothing short of disastrous".

"The crucial moment was the win against Magnus Carlsen".

"It has just been the most wonderful surprise".

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The game against Lopez was just an indication of Anand's superior form as he held a winning position in just 11 moves with black pieces. I then calculated the line which actually happened in the game. Dronavalli Harika was the best-placed Indian finishing 19th. "But once the tie-break started, I got a big advantage in the tie-break game". So while feeling euphoric, I had to contain my happiness. It was unexpected because I was not even planning coming to the tournament as it was announced very late. 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.

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