New Delhi: When Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand put an incredible five World titles to his name yesterday, Sachin Tendulkar doffed his cap. There is no doubt that these two young men are way ahead of the rest in the race for the title of India's best sportsmen ever, and at this moment, many proud fans say its Vishy.
In beating Boris Gelfand in a tie-breaker at the World Chess Championship in Moscow, Anand defended his world chess title and won his fifth. After defeating the emotive and brooding Gelfand of Israel, Anand told reporters yesterday he had just had one very lucky escape. "I simply hung on for dear life," the 42-year-old said softly after winning an astonishingly tense shootout that organisers said was witnessed by tens of millions of the brain sport's enthusiasts on the Internet.
Facing criticism of being neither as sharp nor as inventive as in his mercurial youth, Anand showed the poise of a legend in his third title defence, his claim of being the flagbearer of the first post-Garry Kasparov generation secured.