Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand successfully defended his World Chess Championship crown after drawing the eleventh game with Russian player Vladimir Kramnik. He won 6.5-4.5 in the twelve games challenger series played in Bonn.
“He simply said I just did it”, Anand’s wife Aruna quoted her husband as saying soon after he won the title and gave her a call.
Anand started out with a Sicilian Najdorf and played his natural game while Kramnik tried all his moves to complicate the game and win it so that the series will go on to the 12th match and he could force a tie-break. But, all his attempts to create unstable positions failed.
“Anand has displayed a grand strategy in 2008 by choosing the games that he wanted to win, foregoing an important tournament like Bilbao to focus on and win the ultimate match with Kramnik.”
Earlier, Viswanathan won three games and lost only one. According to pre-match agreements, both the players will share the 1.5 million Euros equally.
This is Anand’s third Championship, having won the titles in Tehran (2000) and Mexico (2007). He is the only player in the world to have won the title in all the three forms of the game. The victory will certainly help him to re-gain his world no.1 position in the FIDE rankings. He is also one of the only four people in the world to reach 2800 Elo points.
In the World Chess Championship 2009, Anand will have to defend his title from the winner of the contender match between Veselin Topalov and Gata Kamsky.
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