Viswanathan Anand wins World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh

Vishwanathan Anand showed that there is still plenty of fire in his belly by winning the title at the World Rapid Chess Championships at Riyadh, late Thursday night. Anand became a Grandmaster at the age of 18 after winning the Shakti Finance International Chess Tournament and was awarded Padma Shri at the tender age.

Anand ended the 15-round contest with 10.5 points.

Anand defeated Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS) 2-0 in the final playoff and stunned onlookers as he steamed ahead of the world's number 1 rated player Magnus Carlsen (NOR), in one of the most nail biting games of the tournament. I came here in a pessimistic frame of mind. And now in 2017, he has become the victor of World Rapid Chess Championship. The Indian Grandmaster's critics were very vocal in the past three years as his last tournament win came in December 2014, when he won the 6th London Chess Classic tournament.

On Thursday, Anand played out a couple of draws before defeating Russia's Alexander Grischuk in the 14th and penultimate round of the tournament with white pieces. "To beat Carlsen who has been so dominant in last few years felt like an accomplishment. I felt that I had lost the plot a little bit and in fact, I was anxious that I might not even be on the podium anymore".

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"Congratulations to the man from the sixties, @vishy64theking, on his World Rapid title!" Chinese grandmaster Ju Wenjun absolutely dominated the women's tournament from start to finish, winning the gold medal as the only player to finish with a win rate of almost 80%.

He remained unbeaten in fifteen rounds, with six wins and nine draws.

As a result, it was a draw with Jhao Jun of China in the opening round and then Belarus' Vladislav Kovalev proved no match for the Indian in the second round.

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