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Anand is undisputed world champion

Mexico City, September 30
Viswanathan Anand regained the world championship after a gap of nearly seven years, drawing his 14th and final round game in quick time against Hungarian Peter Leko here.

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.

Anand secured nine points in all in the championship and also ended up as the only unbeaten player in the event.

The Tiger from Madras, as he is fondly called, also became the first undisputed world chess champion since 1993 as this world championship was the culmination of the reunification of the chess world.

Besides, Anand will keep his number one ranking in ELO ratings due to be released on the October 1.

For the records, Anand scored four victories and drew 10 games for his title triumph and, in fact, draws in last three rounds were enough to see him through.

“It came quite easy, obviously as drawing the last three games was good enough for the championship,” Anand said after the final round.

“It dawned on me yesterday that I was going to win it, but still I had to come and finish the work today,” he added.

It was a Marshall Gambit, the flavour of the event, that gave Anand the much needed half point. Leko could not have tried much in the opening and the game petered out to a draw in just 20 moves.

It turned out to be a two-way tie for the second spot after Vladimir Kramnik of Russia scored a thumping victory over Levon Aronian of Armenia while Israeli Boris Gelfand failed to break the ice against Alexander Morozevich and had to settle for a draw.

Kramnik’s tiebreak proved to be superior and he was duly rewarded with second place.

With Gelfand finishing third on eight points, Leko ended up clear fourth on seven points and in a surprise finish Russian Peter Svidler defeated compatriot Alexander Grischuk to jump to fifth spot in overall rankings.

Interestingly, Svidler had been trailing at the bottom for past many rounds and this was his first victory in the event.

Aronian and Morozevich tied for the sixth spot on 6 points each while Alexander Grischuk was pushed to the bottom on 5.5 following his loss against Svidler.

Results final round: Viswanathan Anand (Ind, 9) drew with Peter Leko (Hun, 7); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 8) beat Levon Aronian (Arm, 6); Alexander Morozevich (Rus, 6) drew with Boris Gelfand (Isr, 8); Peter Svidler (Rus, 6.5) beat Alexander Grischuk (Rus, 5.5).

Final Standings: 1. Anand 9 pts; 2-3. Kramnik, Gelfand 8 pts each; 4. Leko 7 pts; 5. Svidler 6.5 pts; 6-7. Morozevich, Aronian 6 pts each. 8. Grischuk 5.5 pts.

Prez congratulates Anand

New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil today congratulated Viswanathan Anand for winning the World Chess Championship in Mexico City.

This was the second world chess crown for Anand that came after a gap of seven years.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha L.K. Advani also offered his best wishes to Anand.

"Anand has done India proud and by winning the coveted title for the second time in his long and illustrious chess career," Advani said.

"Coming soon after the success of Indian cricket team in Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, Anand's victory has added to India's glory in international sports," he said. — PTI

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