Riyadh (Saudi Arabia): Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand beat Russia's Vladimir Fedoseev 2-0 in a blitz tie-break to win the World Rapid Championship here on Thursday.
Anand had earlier been joint leader along with Vladimir Fedoseev and Ian Nepomniachtchi, also of Russia, at 10.5 points from a possible 15. He remained unbeaten in fifteen rounds, with six wins and nine draws.
The 48-year-old stunned world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the ninth round. Anand, who lost the 2013 World Championship to Carlsen, won in 34 moves.
“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 said after his triumph.
He described the win against Carlsen as the crucial moment in the tournament.
“The crucial moment was the win against Magnus Carlsen. Because he had come back after a defeat against Bu Xiangzhi. He seemed to be in great form, as always,” Anand added.