Prez, PM congratulate Viswanathan Anand for winning World Chess title

Viswanathan Anand defeated Magnus Carlsen

In the final 2017 meeting of the best global chess minds, Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand (fondly known as 'The Tiger from Madras), takes the world chess crown yesterday, as the Inaugural 2017 King Salman World Open and Women's Rapid Chess Championships reaches halfway point.

Anand defeated Norway's Carlsen in 34 moves, avenging his 2013 World Championship loss.

At the end of fifteen rounds, Anand remained unbeaten in the competition with six wins and nine draws.

Before facing the Norwegian Carlsen, the Indian drew his match against Russia's Vladimir Fedoseev and he is now among the joint leaders. Then Anand defeated Fedoseev 2-0 in a two-game tie-break to grab the championship title. And the 48-year-old, Vishwanathan Anand went on to finish on top with 10.5 points in the 15th and the final round.

Anand had not won the World Rapid Championship since 2003 and had a couple of disastrous World Championships before this year. "But I played well", Anand told PTI after his triumph. I came here in a pessimistic frame of mind.

"The crucial moment was the win against Magnus Carlsen because he had come back after a defeat against Bu Xiangzhi". It is not that I had high expectations of London, but still I expected to do well.

The women's title was won by China's Ju Wenjun. Anand won the 2007 FIDE World Championship and he became the first person to become the undisputed champion via a tournament win since 1984.

".The first three rounds ended in draws".

The President of India has called Anand an inspiration for all Indians and maybe it's a sign that the day Anand will be conferred with the Bharat Ratna is not far.

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