Anand wins World Rapid Championship

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I felt that when I played this move Nc8 that I managed to see, I was slightly better. But first he stunned the World Champion and then he stunned the world. And now in 2017, he has become the victor of World Rapid Chess Championship.

Beating a player (Carlsen) who has been dominant in rapid and blitz rating lists was an accomplishment. Since I had a guaranteed draw, I chose to check a few moves and after two minutes it suddenly hit that I was winning.

That game, Anand felt, turned the tide. We played next few moves. "He has this awesome ability to dominate events", Anand said. But it has just been the most wonderful surprise.

According to the tournament regulations, "if there is a tie for the 1st place, the top 2 players according to the first eligible tie-break criterion will play a play-off".

Round 15 saw Anand draw with Bu Xiangzhi while Carlsen went down to Grischuk. Anand had won one such title in France in 2003 o In his last five games, Anand had four draws and a win. It was unexpected because I was not even planning coming to the tournament as it was announced very late. "It's an absolutely unbelievable feeling and just so unexpected after all the disappointments in rapid chess", says Anand. In 2010, Anand defended his title in the World Chess Championship against Veselin Topalov and in 2012 he set win against Boris Gelfand.

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"I am so unbelievably happy".

Congratulations Viswanathan Anand.You have proven your mettle time and again.

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

Among other Indians in the fray, P Harikrishna and Vidit Gujrathi did well to end on 12.5 points apiece, B Adhiban ended on 11 while Surya Shekhar Ganguly and S P Sethuraman finished with 10 points apiece.

Garry Kasparov heaped praise on Anand, saying the title is a flawless answer for everyone who wanted him to end his career. "I hope you dedicated this latest victory to everyone who has asked you when you were going to retire".