Viswanathan Anand wins Candidates chess tournament, gets title shot vs Magnus Carlsen

The win gives Viswanathan Anand a shot at the World Chess Championship against Magnus Carlsen.

updated: March 29, 2014 22:16 IST
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Khanty Mansiysk , Russia: Five-times world champion Viswanathan Anand proved all his critics wrong and won the Candidates chess tournament after settling for a draw with Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the 13th and penultimate round here on Saturday.

It was a marathon against Karjakin and the rest day did Anand a world of good. The Indian held on to his own in the endgame that lasted more than five and a half hours.

The draw helped Anand reach eight points and he benefitted from the biggest upset in the tournament when top seed Levon Aronian of Armenia lost to lowest ranked Dmitry Andreikin of Russia.

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