CHENNAI — Two days after he won the World Rapid Chess Championship, Indian chess Grand Master and five time world champion Viswanathan Anand Dec. 30 established again that he is a force to be reckoned with, taking third position at the King Salman FIDE World Blitz Championship in Riyadh.
World Champion Grand Master Magnus Carlsen won the tournament scoring 16 points, followed by Sergey Karjakin who won 14.5 points out of the maximum possible 21 points.
On Dec. 30, the second day of the championship, Anand won five games and drew five. His only loss in the championship was to the Russian Grand Master Ian Nepomniachtchi.
Curiously, Carlsen lost two games in the championship and won the title well ahead of others to prove his superiority over competition.
The 48-year old Anand Dec. 30 presented himself with another world tournament prize as a belated birthday gift when he won The King Salman World Rapid Championship in Riyadh Dec. 28.
"It is the rebirth of the 'lightning kid.' Despite the presence of several young players, Anand's results shows that old is gold," said R.R. Vasudevan, an International Chess Arbiter and chess coach and who played with the former world champion during his younger days.
"It is a phenomenal achievement for the Indian player as he was lagging two points behind the overnight leader. To make up the deficit and enter the top three list is nothing but great," Vasudevan added.
"My big admiration and respect for Anand for his love and passion for chess, and his willingness to battle again much younger players, one tournament after another. He will go down in history as one of the best to ever grace our beautiful game," four-time women's world chess champion Susan Polgar told IANS.
"As for Carlsen his performance on the last day is one to remember. Sheer will and determination! This is why he brings excitement and enthusiasm for chess, not only in Norway, but around the world," she added.