Vishwanathan Anand ends title drought by winning World Rapid Chess Championship
Former World Champion, Indian Grand Master Viswanathan Anand is once agains top player on the world stage, performing his old game style. Anand had won the World Rapid Chess Championship title last Thursday. Anand, who made a spectacular show in the tournament, ended up with 15.5 in the first round, with Vladimir Federev (Russia) topping the list with 10.5 points.
“Becoming world champion again is the most amazing feeling,” Anand tweeted.
“I was happy on hearing the news. He played against an incredibly strong field and won the title undefeated,” Aruna Anand, the champion’s wife, said.
She said Anand goes to every tournament with an open mind and will not say anything about his chances of winning a tournament.
“During the tournament, Anand was more focused. He won crucial games at the right time,” Aruna remarked.
“He is the living legend of the Indian sport,” Bharat Singh Chauhan, Secretary of the All India Chess Federation (AICF), said.
“We believe in Anand’s ability. I was tracking Anand at the world rapid tournament from round one. After his win against World Champion Magnus Carlsen, we were confident that Anand would win the title,” Chauhan said.
“Congratulations Viswanathan Anand for winning the World Rapid Chess Championship. Such determined pursuit of excellence across decades makes you an inspiration for all of us. India is proud of you,” Indian President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet, said: “Congratulations @vishy64theking! You’ve proven your mettle time and again. Your tenacity inspires us. India is proud of your exemplary success at the World Rapid Chess Championship!”
“Heartiest congratulations to Vishwanathan Anand @vishy64theking for winning the World Rapid Chess Championship. We are proud of you,” former President Pranab Mukherjee tweeted.
“Congratulations to @vishy64theking on winning the World Rapid Chess Championship. India is proud of you,” was a tweet from the Office of Rahul Gandhi, Congress President.