Anand wins World Chess Championship Title Fourth Time in a Row!
Unruffled, steady on the board, the cool World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand retains his crown with a steady win over Israel's challenger Boris Gelfand in Moscow today!
Congratulations to Vishy Anand for his grand success. This is his his fifth world chess title - fourth in a row. Anand kept his head and stayed focused even as his challenger ran into time trouble and blundered to lose the second game. The final score was 2.5-1.5 in favour of Anand apart from the 6-6 tied score in the classical time-control games.
The first game of the tiebreaker ended in a draw in 33 moves before Anand beat Gelfand in the second game in 77 moves. The two of the remaining four-game rapid chess tiebreaker ended in a draw as Anand successfully defended his title.
This was 42-year-old Anand’s fifth World Championships title. He won his first world chess title in 2000 and then went on to win three in a row in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He has been the world champion since 2007. He won the 2007 title in a tournament format among eight players. In 2008 and 2010, he beat Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria respectively after the format changed to championship match between the defending champion and a challenger.
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