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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Vishwanathan Anand retains World Chess Championship beating Boris Gelfand

It is known to be a game of ‘intelligent people’ – has class and culture. The World Championship was between a man born in 1969 – in Foreign countries, he is known as ‘Vishy’ – which is not his name but that of his fathers’. His father Vishwanathan was an Engineer and General Manager of Southern Railway. Vishwanathan Anand started playing the game from the young age of 6, never had a tutor and has done the Nation proud……..

His opponent now – Boris Gelfand is an year elder, born in Minsk in to a family of Engineers. In a match he was pondering almost 40 minutes for the opening and later paid rich tributes to his opponent stating ‘ Vishy is not just an excellent speed chess player – he’s an excellent player in all time controls!’. You need to appreciate the great player who was not afraid to praise another player, even when he was his opponent.

Very Happy news is that our own,Vishwanathan Anand has retained the World Chess Championship defeating Boris Gelfand of Israel.

The World Chess Championship 2012 was a match between the current world champion Viswanathan Anand of India and Boris Gelfand of Israel, winner of the Candidates tournament. The tourney took place from May 10 to 30, 2012, in the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. The prize fund was approximately 2.5 million US dollars. The match format was 12 games, with the first game on May 11. The normal FIDE tiebreak protocol was in place: should the match be tied 6-6 tie-breaks, rapid games were to be played, if still tied, then blitz games, and finally an Armageddon game if needed. In the initial set of 12 matches, the players tied after six fairly short draws.

Gelfand drew first blood in game seven, in which Anand made some provocative or inaccurate moves and Gelfand held a commanding position. The very next day, revenge was had in game eight when Gelfand got his queen trapped on move 17--the shortest loss in WCC history! Then after four more draws, the match headed into overtime. Known for his prowess at rapid play, Anand was the clear favorite going into tie-breaks. After a victory in the second rapid game, and two more draws, Viswanathan Anand defended his title once again. Vishy has been holding the title since 2007. He last defended his title by winning the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov.

After the tie in the 12 games, Anand today [30.5.12]  retained the World Chess Championships title, his fifth crown and fourth in a row, after beating Israel's Boris Gelfand in a tense rapid game tie-breaker here today. Anand beat Gelfand 2.5-1.5 in rapid chess tie-breaker. 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 tie-breaker ended in a draw as Anand successfully defended his world championship title for the third time in a row.

This was 42-year-old Anand's fifth World Championships title and fourth crown in a row. The Indian chess wizard bagged his first world title in 2000 before winning three in a row in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He has been the world champion since 2007.

Today 30th May 2012, is certainly  a very  happy day to all Indians, Chess fans and fans of Vishwanathan Anand

Kudos to Vishwanathan Anand.  Wishing you many many more victories.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
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