Viswanathan Anand makes a slow start at world blitz chess championship

This result meant Vladimir Fedoseev, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Anand were in the top spot with 10.5 points each. At the end of the fifteen rounds, Anand remained unbeaten in the competition with six wins and nine draws. In doing so, the 48-year-old proved that he still has it in him to beat the best in the world.

Round 15 saw Anand draw with Bu Xiangzhi while Carlsen went down to Grischuk. Till then, however, sports enthusiasts will always wonder how a great champion like him has never been conferred India's highest civilian award.

"To beat Carlsen who has been so dominant in last few years felt like an accomplishment". "I came into this tournament after a very hard year - especially the London tournament was a big disappointment", says Anand, 48. Chinese grandmaster Ju Wenjun absolutely dominated the women's tournament from start to finish, winning the gold medal as the only player to finish with a win rate of almost 80%.

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The President of India has called Anand an inspiration for all Indians and maybe it's a sign that the day Anand will be conferred with the Bharat Ratna is not far.

The other Indians who have played for World's Chess Championship are P. Harikrishna who have finished at 16th position, Surya Shekhar Ganguly at 60th, S.P. Sethuraman 96th and B. Adhiban 65th.

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". I felt that I had lost the plot a little bit. But it has been the most wonderful surprise.

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"It (the triumph) is so unexpected because I wasn't even planning to come to this tournament, which was announced late". "It's an absolutely unbelievable feeling and just so unexpected after all the disappointments in rapid chess", says Anand. I was feeling euphoric but I had work still to be done.

Congratulations Viswanathan Anand.You have proven your mettle time and again. But I think the most fantastic feeling of all is to have the title of world champion again. A draw with Jhao Jun of China in the opening round and then win over Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus in the second round. "I hope you dedicated this latest victory to everyone who has asked you when you were going to retire!"

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