Viswanathan Anand thrilled with winning the World Champion title again

  • Viswanathan Anand thrilled with winning the World Champion title again

Viswanathan Anand thrilled with winning the World Champion title again

He described the win against Norway's world champion Magnus Carlsen as the crucial moment in the tournament.

"I came into this tournament after a very hard year, especially the London (Chess Classic) tournament was a big disappointment". Finishing in last place in London (London Classic) was a heavy blow. And that didn't seem to promise great things for this tournament either.

Anand, who won the World Championship five times in his career alongside two World Rapid Championship, could well have dwarfed Tendulkar's achievement.

After winning the title, Anand said he entered the tournament in a "pessimistic" frame of mind but managed to surprise himself and the world with an unbeaten campaign.

But that's when time stood still. Ju modestly repeated her statement from the first day of the Championship, stating that "she was lucky". "I came here in nearly pessimistic frame of mind".

A win against Peter Leko in the second round provided Anand the impetus he was looking for.

".The first three rounds ended in draws".

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

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. His victory was preceded by much drama - Magnus Carlsen led till the very end before losing his final encounter to Alexander Grischuk. Anand took a few hours to take note of the tweet of his former rival, and replied: "Thanks!Will dedicate it to my greatest predecessors!" "But I played well", Anand told PTI after his triumph.

"But, we had a very intense game, an intense Nimzo Indian". "At that stage there were many unexpected twists and turns". After two minutes, it suddenly hit me that I was winning. And when I looked at his face, I realized that it had hit him as well. As soon as I made my move, he just resigned.

Beating a player (Carlsen) who has been dominant in rapid and blitz rating lists was an accomplishment. "Given the history that we played intense matches, there was that extra feeling".

In 2014, Sachin Tendulkar was awarded the Bharat Ratna, which was very surprising and the move came under a lot of criticism as he became the first sportsperson to win the highest civilian honour before the likes of Major Dhyanchand, Abhinav Bindra, Viswanathan Anand and Sushil Kumar.

However, this was Anand's tournament, and Carlsen lost.

But, since two other men, Vladimir Fedoseev and Ian Nepomniachtchi, both of Russian Federation, also scored the same number of points, a tie-breaker was required to decide the victor. "When I did that, I knew I would have a good finish no matter what", Anand said. "But once the tie-break started, I got a big advantage in the tie-break game".

In the last round, my opponent forced a quick draw with the white pieces so there was nothing much I could do.I had to wait for the other results. He actually won the tie-break 2-0. But it has just been the most wonderful surprise. It is just so unexpected, after all the disappointments in rapid chess. There are those unexpected feelings and the most incredible feeling of all was to have the title of World Champion again. "So at that moment I must admit I felt he was favourite for the final few rounds", Anand said.

Chess legend Garry Kasparov heaped praise on Viswanathan Anand, who on Thursday, won the Fide World Rapid Chess Championships title, adding that the 48-year-old should use it as a reminder to his critics that he still had plenty to offer. 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. Flawless revenge Anand said the Carlsen game gave him extra satisfaction.