Gill congratulates Anand for retaining World C`ship title

Last Updated: May 12, 2010, 15:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Sports Minister M S Gill on Wednesday
congratulated grandmaster Viswanathan Anand for retaining his
World Chess Championship title by defeating local challenger
Vaselin Topalov in Sofia, Bulgaria.

"I am delighted at Anand`s win at WCC. I congratulate
him. He is a great credit to India," Gill said in his
congratulatory message.

Playing with black pieces in the 12th and final game of
the competition, Anand achieved an improbable win over Topalov
to retain the world title by 6.5-5.5 margin.

Anand, thus, became the first official world champion in
recent history to win two back-to-back matches in world
championships against different opponents.

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.

PTI