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Former world chess champion Viswanathan Anand and Chief Chess Officer of Chesskid Mike Klein (R) at the launch of US-based Chesskid's India edition, in Chennai.

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Former chess world champion Viswanathan Anand (L) plays chess with D Gukesh, who became India's youngest and the world's second youngest Grand Master recently, at his residence in Chennai.

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India's Viswanathan Anand, winner of 'Blitz' category is flanked by United States' Hikaru Nakamura, runner-up of 'Blitz' and winner of 'Rapid' category, and India's Pentala Harikrishna (R), runner-up of 'Rapid' category, during 'Chess India 2018', in Kolkata.

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Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand interacts with chess enthusiasts on the sidelines of Chess India 2018 Tournament, in Kolkata.

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Chess Grandmasters interacts with enthusiasts on the sidelines of Chess India 2018 Tournament, in Kolkata.

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Reigning chess world champion Magnus Carlsen, right, from Norway, plays Italian-American challenger Fabiano Caruana in the first five minutes of round three of their World Chess Championship Match in London.

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In a cricket-obsessed country, even Anand’s epochal triumph at the FIDE World Championship in December 2000 was overshadowed by a negative cricket news—match-fixing. Having earlier come close to winning the World Chess Championship, the articulate Grandmaster from Chennai broke the hoodoo when he easily defeated Alexei Shirov by 3.5 to 0.5 points in the final in Tehran. Besides, Anand has won many other world and continental titles.

Viswanathan Anand

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T-Nagar Chess Academy

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Acting World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway, right, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, left, compete during the 51th International Chess Festival in Biel, Switzerland.

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Chess players compete during the 51th International Chess Festival in Biel, Switzerland.

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Indian Chess Grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa being greeted by his mother Nagalakshmi as his sister looks on, on his arrival, at Chennai Airport. Praggnanandhaa has become the country’s youngest, and the world’s second youngest, Chess Grandmaster at the age of 12 years.

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The ability to think cleanly, and deeply, through an opponent’s mind and to unpick his sedulously guarded strategy is one thing. To do that to adults on the world stage at age 12 is special. Chennai’s R. Pra­­g­­g­­na­nandhaa, the world’s second-youngest grandmaster, bore his achi­evement quite coolly, with an air of expectation bearing fruit. The lad has bigger scalps on his mind.

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Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand being felicitated by officials of All India Chess Federation and Tamil Nadu State Chess Association for winning World Rapid Chess Championship 2017, in Chennai.

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Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi inaugurates 47th National Junior Chess Championship in Patna.

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Former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand give tips to students during the Mumbai International Chess Tournament, in Mumbai.

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Seven-year-old Kush Bhagat during a match at 1st Western Asia Youth Chess Championship in Al Ain Chess Club, UAE. Kush has emerged as another wonder kid from the western Metropolis of Mumbai after he bagged all the three gold medals on offer in the championship.

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Magnus Carlsen, of Norway, smiles as he holds up his championship trophy during the award ceremony for the World Chess Championship, in New York. Reigning champ Carlsen defeated Sergey Karjakin of Russia.

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The record certificate

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Children participate in the Asian record-breaking event, where 1,500 villagers played chess all at once

Villagers play chess in front of roadside shops at Marottichal

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Michael Adams of England, right, ponders his next moves as he plays against Vishwanathan Anand of India at the start of the London Chess Classic tournament in London.

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Magnus Carlsen, right, of Norway the current world chess champion and ranked number one in the world, makes a move as he plays against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, who notes his last move, at the start of the London Chess Classic tournament in London.

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Sinquefield Cup Champion Levon Aronian, Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan, and fellow Sinquefield Cup competitor Vishy Anand cheer on Sinquefield Cup competitor Fabiano Caruana in a series of rapid and blitz exhibition games called Ultimate Moves at the Chess Club and Scholastics Center of St. Louis in St. Louis, USA.

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King Plays Knight After a month of the forced-upon, inescapable hoopla of the IPL on TV, thinking men have come up with the perfect antidote—league wars on the 64-square board. Bollywood's go-to man for big-budget ‘unusualness', Aamir Khan, strikes a cogitative pose with Vishwanathan Anand for the opening gambit of the Maharashtra Chess League.

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Woman Grandmaster of India S Vijayalakshmi playing chess with Grandmaster of Kazakhstan Petr Kostenko (L) during International Grandmasters Chess Tournament, in Kolkata.

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Indian chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand concentrates during his game against US/Italian grandmaster Fabiano Caruana during the Zurich Chess Challenge 2015 Round 3 in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Boxer Sarita Devi and former World Chess champion Vishwanathan Anand during a press conference in Mumbai.

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Top seed Grandmaster Popov Ivan of Russia clinched the seventh Chennai International Open Grandmaster Chess title via super tie-breaker after eight players ended with 7.5 points each.

Grandmaster B Adhiban scored his fifth victory on the trot, beating Ukraine’s Yuriy Kuzubov, to grab the joint fifth spot after the seventh round of the Qatar Masters International Open Chess tournament in Doha.

Magnus Carlsen, 23, world No. 1, retains the FIDE world chess title, beating Viswanathan Anand 6.5-4.5 in the 11-game encounter. Anand lost last match in 26 moves to hand title to the Norwegian.

Norway's Magnus Carlsen, currently the top ranked chess player in the world, after his victory in 11th game over India's former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand at the FIDE World Chess Championship Match in Sochi, Russia. Magnus Carlsen won 6,5- 4,5.

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Norway's Magnus Carlsen, currently the top ranked chess player in the world, plays his 11th game against former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand, at the FIDE World Chess Championship Match in Sochi, Russia. Magnus Carlsen won 6,5- 4,5.

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Norway's Magnus Carlsen, currently the top ranked chess player in the world, right, makes a move as he plays against former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand at the FIDE World Chess Championship Match in Sochi, Russia.

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Norway's Magnus Carlsen, currently the top ranked chess player in the world, makes a move as he plays against former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand in the second game of the World Chess Championship Match in Sochi, Russia. Carlsen drew the first blood by defeating Anand.

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Norway's Magnus Carlsen, currently the top ranked chess player in the world, and India's former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand, right, shake hands before the FIDE World Chess Championship Match in Sochi, Russia.

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Norway's chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, left, reigning World Chess Champion and No. 1 ranked player in the world, plays a game against Italy's Fabiano Caruana, right, during the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Viswanathan Anand, right, poses with the runner-up trophy presented by Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state J. Jayalalitha after loosing his title against Norway's Magnus Carlsen in the World Chess Championship, in Chennai.

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Norway's Magnus Carlsen, right, is presented the prize check by Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalitha, left, after his win over Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship in Chennai.

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World Chess Federation President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, left, presents new world chess champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway with a laurel wreath at the award presentation ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai.

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New world chess champion Norway’s Magnus Carlsen receives a trophy during a ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship, in Chennai. Carlsen won the match in Chennai beating title holder Viswanathan Anand.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha with FIDE President Kirsen Ilyumizhinov presenting the winner's trophy to Magnus Carlsen of Norway at the prize distribution ceremony of FIDE World Chess Championship 2013 in Chennai.

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New World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway celebrating his victory after winning the title in Chennai on Friday. Many helping hands threw him into a pool but it did not seem to dampen his spirits.

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Five-time title-holder Viswanathan Anand's reign as the world champion came to a heart-breaking end with Norway's Magnus Carlsen taking the crown after a hard-fought draw in the 10th game of the World Chess Championship match, which ended. Carlsen, who will be 23 years on 30th November, closed the championship with two games to spare by taking his tally to required 6.5 points out of a possible ten, winning three and drawing seven games.

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Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, right, shakes hands with reigning world chess champion India’s Viswanathan Anand during the Chess World Championship match in Chennai.

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Viswanathan Anand of India makes a move against Magnus Carlsen of Norway during their ninth match at FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai.

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Viswanathan Anand of India during the eighth match against Magnus Carlsen of Norway at FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai.

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Viswanathan Anand of India during the seventh match against Magnus Carlsen of Norway at FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai.

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Viswanathan Anand of India and Magnus Carlsen of Norway during their fifth match at FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai.

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Viswanathan Anand of India makes a move against Magnus Carlsen of Norway during their fourth match at FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai.

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Viswanathan Anand of India and Magnus Carlsen of Norway during their third match at FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai.

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Viswanathan Anand of India and Magnus Carlsen of Norway during their second match at FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai.

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Defending champion India’s Viswanathan Anand, left, and Norway’s Magnus Carlsen during a press conference on the sidelines of the World Chess Championship in Chennai.

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FIDE President Kirsen Ilyumizhinov makes the first move during the FIDE World Chess Championship's first match between Viswanathan Anand of India and Magnus Carlsen of Norway, in Chennai.

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Photo received on email, and also being circulated on Twitter today, shows Vishwanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen way back in 2011. Even then, they clearly only had eyes for each other...

Artists from Norway performing at the inauguration of 'FIDE World Chess Championship 2013' in Chennai.

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Chess players during a National Open Rating Chess competition in Allahabad.

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Odisha's first Grand Master Debasish Das being welcomed by his fans and family members on his arrival in Bhubaneswar.

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Rook, Bishop, King He is, along with our batting genius, the greatest Indian sportsperson ever. The mop-headed boy from Madras won the World Junior Chess Championship in 1987. He was 18. Next month, he defends his world title against Magnus Carlsen.

Viswanathan Anand plays against Norway's Magnus Carlsen in the Norway Chess 2013 tournament in Sandnes near Stavanger, Norway.

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Viswanathan Anand at the Norway Chess competition 2013 in Sandnes near Stavanger, Norway.

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Chess player Vishwanath Anand with Geet Sethi after receiving CNN-IBN 2012 Indian of the year in Sports category, at a function in New Delhi.

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Vishy (Vishwanathan Anand) with the World Junior Championship trophy

Chess player Viswanathan Anand competes during Chess Grand Slam Final Masters chess game against Francisco Vallejo of Spain inside a case of glass at the Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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The Queen Gets Her Own Dare we press that first-move advantage and escort Chess Olympiad bronze medallist Tania Sachdev to the Queening Square? Not as long as silver winner Abhijeet Gupta’s King’s Defence stonewalls us.

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World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand is presented with a sculpture of Swami Vivekanand, by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader L. K. Advani looks on at the Swami Vivekananda Women Chess Festival in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

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World chess champion Viswanathan Anand is felicitated with a plaque and citation by the West Bengal state sport's department in Kolkata. Anand retained his world chess champion title in Moscow earlier this year.

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Raj Guha with son Mitrava at their home in Calcutta

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At the A2H Chess Academy in Hyderabad

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Children practise their moves at Delhi’s Russian Cultural Centre

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A chess class at GM Dibyendu Barua’s academy in Calcutta

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Susheela, Vishy’s mother

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Schoolkids welcome Vishy at Chennai airport

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V for victory Vishy and wife arrive back in Chennai

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Mum’s move Vishy plays a round with mother Susheela in 1987

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa presenting Rs 2 crore as cash award to Grand Master Viswanathan Anand on his winning the world title for the fifth time in Chennai. Anand's wife Aruna is also seen.

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FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, left, presents World chess champion Viswanathan Anand with a laurel wreath at the award presentation ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship in Moscow, Russia.

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World chess champion Viswanathan Anand holds a trophy at an award presentation ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship in Moscow, Russia. Anand retained his title on Wednesday, defeating Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand 2.5-1.5 in a rapid tiebreaker round.

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World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand contemplates his next move during a match against Boris Gelfand of Israel at the FIDE World Chess Championship tie break match at Moscow's Tretyakovsky State Gallery, Russia.

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The proud parents of World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand can hardly conceal their joy after their son won tie break match against Boris Gelfand of Israel, at the FIDE World Chess Championship. Anand has retained his FIDE world champion's title.

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World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand, contemplates his next move during a match against Boris Gelfand of Israel at the FIDE World Chess Championship tie break match at Moscow's Tretyakovsky State Gallery, Russia.

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A compulsory push for CHESS in Tamil Nadu schools, after Gujarat. Based on the Soviet model and meant to promote the game, clubs are being planned, and manuals being drawn up.

World Champion Vishwanathan Anand being honoured at the opening of a Chess tournament in Pune.

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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, left, president of the World Chess Federation, speaks during a news conference, as video footage of his meeting with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is projected, in Moscow. The Russian head of the World Chess Federation said that the Libyan leader is open for talks with NATO and the country's rebels.

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In this image made from a video broadcast by Libyan State TV, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, right, plays a game of chess with the visiting president of the World Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov at an unknown location. According to Russia's Itar-Tass news agency, Ilyumzhinov, a former leader of a republic in the Russian Federation, said that the Libyan leader told him during the game that he does not have plans to leave Libya.

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Chess champion Viswanathan Anand during the marriage reception party of chess player Surya Shekhar Ganguly in Kolkata.

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World chess champion Vishwanathan Anand, left, and Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi gesture as participants play chess during an attempt to create a world record for the participation of maximum number of people in a chess tournament, in Ahmadabad. The 'Swarnim Chess Mahotsav' was organized by the state government as part of Gujarat state's golden jubilee celebrations.

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World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand during a Lifetime Achievement Award function at Delhi Secretariat in New Delhi

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi hands over baton to World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand during inauguration of 'Khel Maha Kumbh 2010', a one-month long sports festival as part of Swarnim Gujarat celebrations in Ahmedabad.

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An HRD MINISTRY GOOF-UP scotches University of Hyderabad’s plans to confer world chess champ V. ANAND with an honorary doctorate. A question rose on his ‘Indian nationality’.

World Chess champion Vishwanathan Anand looks on during the International Congress of Mathematicians 2010 in Hyderabad. The Human Resource Development Ministry which had withheld clearance for the University of Hyderabad's proposal to honor Anand with a doctorate after doubts were cast over his nationality, has apologised and all seems to have been settled. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Anand has made Spain his second home for some years now but continues to hold an Indian passport.

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World Chess champion Vishwanathan Anand looks on during the International Congress of Mathematicians 2010 in Hyderabad. The Human Resource Development Ministry which had withheld clearance for the University of Hyderabad's proposal to honor Anand with a doctorate after doubts were cast over his nationality, has apologised and all seems to have been settled. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Anand has made Spain his second home for some years now but continues to hold an Indian passport.

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World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand makes a move during a simultaneous chess game with 40 mathematicians at the ongoing International Congress of Mathematicians 2010, in Hyderabad. There had been a controversy over the news that Anand was denied the honorary doctorate proposed by the University of Hyderabad after the HRD Ministry raised questions over his nationality till HRD Minister Kapil Sibal stepped in: "Viswanathan Anand has done India proud like Arjun Atwal (who won a top professional golf championship in the US yesterday). We should be proud of those who climb the heights of global excellence.. Procedural error has led to problems regarding doctorate to Anand...Immediate corrective action was taken...I told him that we are sorry for what has transpired"

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World champion Viswanathan Anand with his wife and mother, on arrival at Chennai with his medal.

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Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, right, awards World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand during the award ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Anand won the FIDE World Chess Championship match against his Bulgarian challenger and former world chess champion Veselin Topalov.

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World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand achieved an improbable win playing with black in the final game to retain the world title by 6.5-5.5 margin after the end of the 12th and final game against Veselin Topalov of Russia

December 22: Another world champion would also be a worthy claimant to the title of the Sportsperson of the year– Vishwanathan Anand. Forced by the Icelandic ash cloud to travel by road, he endured a 40-hour journey by road to reach Sofia to take on Veselin Topalov, the challenger. Anand lost the first game but after a tense battle in his opponent’s home territory, he emerged the winner, yet again.*** World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand from India, right, and his Bulgarian challenger Veselin Topalov, contemplate their moves during their 12th game in the FIDE World Chess Championship match in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Anand achieved an improbable win playing with black in the final game to retain the world title by 6.5-5.5 margin after the end of the 12th and final game.

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World chess champion Viswanathan Anand achieved an improbable win playing with black in the final game to retain the world title by 6.5-5.5 margin after the end of the 12th and final game in the FIDE World Chess Championship match against his Bulgarian challenger and former world chess champion Veselin Topalov. Earlier, in 2008 Anand had won the world title in a match against Russian Vladimir Kramnik, in 2006 he had won the world championship match tournament ahead of almost all top players in the world and in the year 2000 he had won the championship when it was held on a knockout basis. Anand, thus became the first official world champion in recent history to win two back-to-back matches in world championships against different opponents.

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