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31 December 2017, 01:17 | Katrina Lee
Viswanathan Anand regains World Rapid Chess Championship
But the mini fist pump on Thursday, a rare visible celebration, which came after beating Vladimir Fedoseev 2-0 in a two-game tie-break to reclaim the world rapid crown, was what one had probably last seen him break into after his 1996 win over Garry Kasparov at the Credit Suisse Masters, a major PCA tournament at that time, in Geneva, Switzerland. However, Anand felt he had lost the plot after the first three games ended in draws.
Anand was placed joint second at the start of the final five rounds (11 to 15), fought back strongly to bag the title on tie-break after a three-way tie with Fedoseev and Ian Nepomniachtchi at 10.5 points from a possible 15. And the Women World Rapid Chess Championship was won by Ju Wenjun of China.
Minutes after winning the World Rapid title, Viswanathan Anand spoke about his campaign, last minute twists and turns and how he nearly the missed the tournament.
Anand had not won the World Rapid Championship since 2003 and had a couple of disastrous World Championships before this year. "I came here in a pessimistic frame of mind".
Anand said he had had a particularly tough year coming into the event in Riyadh. Anand took a few hours to take note of the tweet of his former rival, and replied: "Thanks!Will dedicate it to my greatest predecessors!"
"It was as if time had stood still", Anand said. The Indian Grandmaster's critics were very vocal in the past three years as his last tournament win came in December 2014, when he won the 6th London Chess Classic tournament. That gave me a lot of confidence. So I was in a good frame of mind.
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