‘Tiger From Madras’ Retains World Chess Title

Viswanathan Anand - World Chess Chamption

Viswanathan Anand - World Chess Chamption

‘Tiger From Madras’ Retains World Chess Title

BERLIN (AFP) — India’s Viswanathan Anand successfully defended his world chess champion title Wednesday against Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik in Bonn, Germany.

The “Tiger from Madras”, 38, won the match in the 11th round, which finished in a draw. The two players drew seven times in a contest that started October 14. Anand sealed three victories while Kramnik managed just one.

“Vladimir pushed me into giving my all. I’ve given one of my best-ever performances here in Bonn,” Anand said.

“I tried everything, but it just wasn’t enough. Life is like that and defeat is part of it,” the defeated Russian said.

Kramnik finished second to Anand last year, followed by Israeli Boris Gelfand when eight of the world’s top chess brains met in Mexico for the competition.

The Indian, who learned to play the game at the age of six, distinguished himself as a youth for his chess acumen. At the age of 13, he won the junior title in India, and at 16, the senior chess title.

He first won the FIDE world title in 2000 after which he was dubbed as “the Indian meteor.”

As champion, Anand walks away with a first prize of 600,000 euros (775,000 dollars). Next year, he will face either Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov or the Russian-American Gata Kamsky.