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Viswanathan Anand wins World rapid chess championship

Viswanathan Anand stunned World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in their ninth round encounter at the World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh on Thursday.

Through this victory Anand took revenge of his 2013 World Championship loss.

Playing with black pieces, Anand began the game with an aggressive approach and was able to win it in 34 moves.

Thanks to this victory, Viswanathan Anand remained unbeaten in the competition with five wins and four draws from the nine encounters.

The genial genius from Chennai, who defeated Magnus Carlsen of Norway earlier in the tournament, went on to finish on top with 10.5 points at the end of the 15th and final round.

But, since two other men, Vladimir Fedoseev and Ian Nepomniachtchi, both of Russia, also scored 10.5, a tie-breaker was required to decide the winner.

Anand won that mini match against Fedoseev, who is 26 years younger, 2-0 to win what should be one of his most memorable crowns in a long career.

Before facing Magnus Carlsen, Anand drew his match against Russia’s Vladimir Fedoseev and he is currently in lead with Vladimir Kramnik and Wang Hao at the World Rapid Chess Championship.

The former World No.1 Viswanathan Anand lost his crown to Magnus Carlsen in 2013 and although he defeated the Norwegian in 2014, the win on Thursday will be a perfect way to finish an underwhelming year for Viswanathan Anand.

Source: Hindustan Times, The Hindu