Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand Wins World Rapid Chess Championship

Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand has regained the World Rapid Chess Championship after defeating Russia’s Vladimir Fedoseev in the tie-break play-off.

Anand, a former world champion, outclassed World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the ninth round of tournament and was placed joint second at the start of the final five rounds.

He then defeated Fedoseev 2-0 in a two-game tie-break after a three-way tie with the Russian and Ian Nepomniachtchi at 10.5 points each from a possible 15.

The Indian has claimed the title by remaining unbeaten in the championship with six wins and nine draws.

The win for Anand has come after a tough year. The 48-year-old had earlier failed to qualify for the Candidates Tournament to decide the challenger for the World Championship match against Carlsen and then finished last in the London Chess Classic.