Viswanathan Anand capped the year 2017 on a high becoming the World Rapid Championship on Thursday. The 48-year-old defeated Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Fedoseev 2-0 in the tie-break play-off. Earlier, the Indian had stunned World No 1 Magnus Carlsen to avenge his 2013 World Championship loss.
Anand topped the standings with 10.5 points after 15 rounds along with Fedoseev and Ian Nepomniachtchi.
The 48-year-old had come into the World Rapid Championship after a difficult year where he 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. To go and win the tournament was a crucial moment for the chess great, who was facing constant calls of retirement.
Anand’s triumph was greeted on social media with awe and praise as chess fans hailed the brilliant win. Here’s how Twitter reacted to the Indian’s championship win:
Anand's Rapid triumph
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