Viswanathan Anand beats Boris Gelfand to win World Chess title

India's world chess champion Viswanathan Anand retained his title on Wednesday by beating Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand in a thrilling speed chess decider of their match in Moscow.

updated: May 30, 2012 20:38 IST
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Moscow: Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand showed immense resilience to beat challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel in a tense rapid chess tie-breaker to win the World Championship crown for the fifth time overall and fourth in a row here on Wednesday. (Also Read: Brief account of world titles won by Anand)

Anand won the second game and drew the other three to win the title at the State Tretyakov Gallery here. Luck played a major part in the final game, favouring the Indian chess wizard when it mattered the most.

After a 6-6 deadlock in the 12 Classical games, the rapid finale ended 2.5-1.5 in Anand's favour making him the world chess champion.

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