Former world champion Viswanathan Anand tasted his first success in Classical Chess this year after defeating his former challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel in the fourth round of the Zurich Chess Challenge on Monday.
Fresh from his victory against Russian Alexander Morozevich, a resurgent Viswanathan Anand will take on his last world championship challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel in the fourth round of Tal memorial chess tournament here.
Victory eluded world champion Viswanathan Anand yet again as he played out a fourth draw in five games, against Boris Gelfand of Israel, and remained at the bottom after the fifth and penultimate round of the Zurich Chess Challenge here.
Chess icon Viswanathan Anand has an insatiable thirst for success despite his exemplary achievements. The five-time World Champion had a lean patch in 2012 by his standards but now he is itching for action with a host of tournaments lined up, including the defence of his World crown.
He has been the undisputed world champion for the past five years but Indian chess veteran Viswanathan Anand has no plans of calling it quits just yet as he says his morale is on a high after beating a "complicated" Boris Gelfand to notch up his fifth world title.
Viswanathan Anand’s fifth World Cup title silenced the critics including Chess legend Garry Kasparov who said during the World Championship match in Moscow that Viswanathan Anand lacked motivation and the hunger for victory which he had earlier.
World chess champion Viswanathan Anand on Saturday received a rousing welcome by his fans, who lined-up in good numbers to greet him, as the chess wizard returned home after winning his fifth world title.
Newly-crowned World champion Viswanathan Anand has been the face of Indian chess for more than two decades and the five-time title holder said he was proud to be a part of India`s rediscovery of chess.
Newly-crowned world chess champion Viswanathan Anand received a gold medal, prize money of USD 1.4 million (around Rs. 7.9 crores), a memento and a piece of contemporary art displaying him and challenger Boris Gelfand, for his achievement at a ceremony on Thursday.
After winning the World Championship for the fifth time, Viswanathan Anand said the he was relived but too tensed to be be happy. Anand won the World Championship title defeating Boris Gelfand in a gripping final tie breaker.