A timeline of Viswanathan Anand's world titles

Trevor Jackson
December 30, 2017

This tournament win also made him the undisputed world champion, when the two faction of worldwide chess came together. Half of the world's top ten players are in their twenties.

PM Modi, while congratulating Viswanathan Anand, in a tweet said that "You've proven your mettle time and again. When I did that, I knew I would have a good finish no matter what", Anand said. Anand recalled the final minutes and the final round.

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. There was not much which I could do except wait for other results. As soon as I made my move, he just resigned. "At that stage there were many unexpected twists and turns". Then a little later, (Vladimir) Fedoseev won, so my tiebreak was against him.

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"I am so unbelievably happy". But luckily I only needed a draw and at that stage, I was in charge.

Vishwanathan Anand is popularly called as Vishy, he is an Indian Chess grandmaster who is current World Rapid Chess Champion. "I had the advantage in the first tiebreak game and felt the wind was behind me", said Anand who sealed the deal 2-0 against Fedoseev. "It is absolutely an unbelievable feeling after all the disappointments in the year". I wasn't even planning to come to this tournament, because it was announced very late.

One thing is certain; chess fans all around the world will have their eyes firmly on the next phase of the tournament. There are those unexpected feelings and the most wonderful feeling of all was to have the title of World Champion again.

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