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.