India’s Viswanathan Anand stunned the world and gave a fitting reply to all his critics by regaining the World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh. In the process, he remained unbeaten as well.
He first beat arch-rival Magnus Carlsen in the ninth round and then hammered Russia’s Vladimir Fedoseev in the final in a tie breaker.
Anand was placed joint second at the start of the final five rounds (11 to 15), fought back strongly to bag the title on tie-break after a three-way tie with Fedoseev and Ian Nepomniachtchi at 10.5 points from a possible 15.
As far as the other Indians are concerned – P. Harikrishna finished 16th, Surya Shekhar Ganguly 60th, Vidit Gujarathi 61st, B. Adhiban 65th and S.P. Sethuraman 96th.
The title came as a big relief for Anand, as he took to social media after winning the title and wrote, “Thanks all!! Feeling is like floating. My head keeps playing the song… we are the champions! The words ring so true. More on this moment after the blitz!”
Thanks all!! Feeling is like floating. My head keeps playing the song… we are the champions! The words ring so true. More on this moment after the blitz!
— Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) December 28, 2017
And @vishy64theking Won World Rapid championship.Surprising his naysayers everytime with astonishing comebacks. Country must give him his due by considering him for Bharat Ratana.He has done a lot for Chess & India.Congratulation. #RiyadhChess #c24live @sardesairajdeep @suhelseth pic.twitter.com/rJWqQ0LZ29
— Rajesh Bhatti (@rjsh8756) December 28, 2017