Anand wins world chess title
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.
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.
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