Anand wins world chess title

May 12, 2010

Indian chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand retained the FIDE (governing body) world title, laboring to an energy-sapping 6.5-5.5 win over challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in a dramatic final match in Sofia on Tuesday night.

World chess champion Viswanathan Anand of India speaks during a news conference in Sofia, May 11, 2010. REUTERS/Oleg Popov Anand, who comes from southern India, became the first Asian to win the FIDE world chess championship after defeating Spain’s Alexei Shirov in Tehran in 2000.

The Indian maestro, who will receive 1.2 million euros ($1.52 million) in prize money, did enough to put his name in the history book as he’s the first player to have won the world championship in three different formats — knockout, tournament and final match.

Join us in congratulating Viswanathan Anand.


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It’s ironic that Anand won on the day when India was bundled out of the T20 cricket World Cup. Sadly, most TV channels focused only on the T20 defeat with Anand’s triumph lost in needless discussions over IPL parties, Dhoni’s arrogance and not-so-objective reporting.

Congratulations Vishy.

Posted by ToeKnee | Report as abusive

A great achievement. Your years of hard work and perseverance have given you this glory. Congratulations once again. Do well in the future and don’t worry if the world is not watching or printing your success. Your achievement is your own and your satisfaction the best reward.

Posted by BHARGAVANOIDA | Report as abusive

Anand is still the best.

Posted by Siva_Nal_Sam | Report as abusive

He is the real master,Congrates

Posted by jusjac | Report as abusive

Hats Off Anand , we are really proud of you,I am shocked that there is no single indian paper mentioned about your great achievement, a dreamer and warrior like you wont mind it any way. We know that you will not care you get wide attention or not. You are inspiring billions people.

Posted by venrach | Report as abusive

Congratulations… You make us so proud!

Posted by adishufoz | Report as abusive

Anand has pulled it off again and this time with a tough opponent.It is a mind game and needs serious concentration that can be truly exacting and exhausting.No wonder Anand simply said he needed some sleep when the mind is at rest.
One sad part of the story is very little is appreciated in India when the success is not in Cricket.
Well chess is no mean game and it has all the complex game plans and strategies like any other sport.Imagine the multi-pronged threats of chessmen with varying powers and abilities that need to be overcome to get the crown or protect it.
Anand great work and God bless you with increasingly sharp and agile mind to stay at Numero uno

Posted by subrashankar | Report as abusive

It does not matter how newspapers report it (In any case news reports come so many hours after the news. I dont remember another time when I sat glued to the computer screen following the games move by move late into the night. Chess is truly made for the internet age. TV channels or print media cannot give the kind of coverage internet can give to chess. [I did not have the kind of internet access and coverage when Anand took on Dreev or Karpov or for that matter Kramnik]


Posted by abledoc | Report as abusive

Those who had been rooting for Indian chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand to win must be happy with the results. Well, it seems like Anand has kept the world title, beating Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in an exciting final match. Congratulations to Anand for being the first Asian to win the FIDE world chess set championship after defeating Spain’s Alexei Shirov in 2000. I think it must be hard work from Anand that brought him the victory he has received.

James –

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