1 to Clinch Gold at 2017 World Rapid Chess Championships

Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand

The 48-year-old stunned world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the ninth round. Born on December 11, 1969, Anand won the World Chess Championship five times (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012).

Viswanathan Anand, "The Tiger from Madras" India, victorious as the Inaugural 2017 King Salman World Open and Women's Rapid Chess Championships reach halfway point.

Anand speaks about his campaign, last minute twists and how he nearly the missed Riyadh event Viswanathan Anand nearly missed the ongoing King Salman World Rapid and Blitz tournament.

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This win was obviously a special moment for Anand, as he himself took to Twitter, to thank all those who wished him. "But I played well", Anand told PTI after his triumph. "So, I came here nearly in a pessimistic frame of mind", Anand said. My last two rapid tournaments have been nothing short of disasters. That didn't seem to promise great things for this tournament. In what was a thrilling and exciting array of rapid rounds, chess lovers worldwide witnessed some exciting encounters and many surprises throughout the opening rounds.

With three rounds remaining, he was one of the four players on 8.5 points, half-a-point behind the leader Magnus Carlsen of Norway. I then calculated the line which actually happened in the game. "Once the tie-break started and I got a big advantage in the first game". Even in the tie-break, he absolutely dominated Fedoseev, crushing the Russian with white and drawing with black. "I am so happy that I can not describe it in words", Anand said.

As for the other Indians in the competition, P Harikrishna finished 16th, Surya Shekhar Ganguly 60th, Vidit Gujarathi 61st, B Adhiban 65th and SP Sethuraman 96th. "I hope you dedicated this latest victory to everyone who has asked you when you were going to retire".

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