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Monday, October 1, 2007

Anand is World Chess Champion

Vishwanathan Anand became the world chess champion on Saturday, after drawing his 14th and final round game in quick time against Hungarian Peter Leko and thereby winning the global tournament in Mexico. In doing so, he replaced Vladimir Kramnik of Russia as champion, winning the tournament on points.

The tournament saw eight of the world's top chess brains battle it out in the competition, from which Anand came out unscathed. Playing with white, the writing was already on the wall for the Indian ace as he just needed a draw and achieving it was never going to be too difficult given his stupendous form.

The 37-year-old Indian had previously won the world championship in 2000, but the achievement was valued less since at the time the chess world was split between two rival world titles. The Tiger from Madras, as he is fondly called, also became the first undisputed World Chess Champion since 1993.

Hearty congratulations! We are all proud of his stupendous achievement.

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