PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi congratulate Viswanathan Anand on winning world title


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi were notable among those who congratulated Viswanathan Anand for winning the World Rapid title in Riyadh yesterday.

PM Modi tweeted, “ongratulations @vishy64theking! You’ve proven your mettle time and again. Your tenacity inspires us. India is proud of your exemplary success at the World Rapid Chess Championship!”

Gandhi, for his part, wrote, “More
Congratulations to @vishy64theking on winning the World Rapid Chess Championship. India is proud of you.”

Anand said that he was relieved to have claimed his first rapid world title since in 14 years adding that he had entered the tournament in a “pessimistic” frame of mind but managed to surprise himself and the world with an unbeaten campaign.

“The last two rapid events were nothing short of disastrous. I came here in a pessimistic frame of mind. But it has just been the most wonderful surprise. But I played well,” Anand told PTI after his triumph.

The former world champion remained unbeaten through the tournament and came back strongly to bag the top position on a tie-break after a three-way tie with Russians Vladimir Fedoseev and Ian Nepomniachtchi at 10.5 points from a possible 15.

The Chennai ace then defeated Fedoseev 2-0 in a two-game tie-break to win the trophy.

Anand said he had had a particularly tough year coming into the event in Riyadh.

“…especially the London (Chess Classic) tournament was a big disappointment. It is not that I had high expectations of London, but still I expected to do well. But to finish in last place was a heavy blow.

Anand said he felt good on the first day of the tournament as he played well and it reminded him of his glory days.