PM describes Anand as grandest of Grandmasters

Updated: May 13, 2010, 23:18 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
today hailed chess wizard Viswanathan Anand for becoming a
World champion for the fourth time and described him as
"grandest of Grandmasters”.

Anand defeated Veselin Topalov in the decisive 12th game

of World Chess Championship to retain his title on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister congratulated Anand for his feat and
sent him a congratulatory message.

"The championship in Sofia was played in most difficult
circumstances and you proved once again that you remained a
grandest of Grandmaster," Singh said in his message.

"You have made the country proud and I join the millions
of the admirers of the game of chess in celebrating the
magnificent triumph," the Prime Minister added.