Doha: Congratulations poured in for Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand after he won the FIDE World Rapid Championship in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Friday.
“Becoming world champion again is the most amazing feeling,” said Anand.
The world crown will surely boost his confidence after he failed to win titles in the last two years. In fact, his success in Riyadh will shut his critics who wanted him to retire every time he had struggled to win.
But the 48-year-old proved that age is just a number by claiming the world rapid crown after the blitz tie-break with Vladimir Fedoseev.
“Congrats @vishy64theking ! It is always nice to see your smile,” Grandmaster Mohamed Al Medaihki, who is also Qatar Chess Association Secretary General, tweeted.
Entering the last round, Anand and Magnus Carlsen were tied on the first place with 10 points each.
“Your tenacity, mental fortitude and never-give-up attitude is an inspiration to not just chess players, but all sportspersons,” tweeted India’s Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore.
Anand took a quick draw with black against Bu Xiangzhi, and Carlsen sensed the opportunity to play for a win. But Alexander Grischuk had his own plans and attacked ferociously to eventually defeat Carlsen and drag him down to fourth shared place in the overall standings.
“Congratulations to the man from the sixties, @vishy64theking, on his World Rapid title! I hope you dedicated this latest victory to everyone who has asked you when you were going to retire!,” said former world champion Garry Kasparov.