New Delhi: It may not match the ecstasy of
retaining the World Championship title but Indian chess wizard
Viswanathan Anand is both delighted and relieved to have
snapped a black jinx against his Bulgarian nemesis Veselin
Both levelled at 5.5 after 11 rounds, Anand weaved a
black magic in the decider, conjuring a stunning win over the
local favourite to retain the world title in Sofia, Bulgaria.
It came as a fitting reply to Topalov`s pre-match
bragging that he would have the edge against the Indian
because of his white pieces.
"I think I have lost my four or five games against
Topalov with black but with white I won my last three. So it
was very important to win this with black," a content Anand
"May be it is fitting in a way that finally I corrected
this problem that I have been having with the black pieces,"
"In general, for the last four years we have been beating
each other with white, so it was getting a bit one-sided,"
Graceful as usual, Anand lauded his opponent Topalov for
showed great determination and fighting spirit to take the
12-game encounter down to the wire.
"He is one of the strongest players in the world. I think
he is one of the grittiest and I feel a decade older after
this match," Anand said.
Anand has triggered off a chess revolution in the country
and asked how much effect his latest triumph would have on the
mind of the Indian chess players, the champion chess player
said, "Right now I can`t think of any sort of legacy. I am
just relieved that I am still gonna wake up tomorrow as world