Viswanathan Anand wins World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh

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In 2010, when Anand defeated Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria to win the Fide World Championships, he had the privilege of being advised by Kasparov, often hailed as a genius.

The 48-year-old Indian had a stellar run in the tournament and remained unbeaten throughout the 15 rounds of the competition, picking up a total of 10.5 points in the process.

Indian chess star Tania Sachdev also complimented Anand on the achievement. He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991-92, India's highest sporting honour.

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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. He last won the World Rapid Chess Championship in 2003. "He seemed to be in great form, as always", Anand added. However, when the championship came home to Chennai in 2013, Anand went down to Magnus Carlsen. My head keeps playing the song... we are the champions! As soon as I made my move, he just resigned. But it has been the most wonderful surprise. After that win I caught with Magnus in the last round. "But once the tie-break started, I got a big advantage in the tie-break game". 2-0 and he sealed the title with a tie- breaker.

"I am so unbelievably happy". There are those unexpected feelings and the most awesome feeling of all was to have the title of World Champion again. A draw with Jhao Jun of China in the opening round and then win over Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus in the second round. "I hope you dedicated this latest victory to everyone who has asked you when you were going to retire!" tweeted Kasporov on Friday.

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