Indian chess legend Viswanathan Anand came out on top with a dominating victory over reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen. Despite the historic victory, Anand finished in third place, winning the bronze medal in the World Rapid Chess Championship in Dubai.
Despite the loss for Carlsen, he still ended up winning the gold medal. He scored eight victories and had six draws in addition to his one loss to Anand to win the gold medal fairly easily, in terms of overall points.
The match between Anand and Carlsen, however, caught the eyes of chess fans across the world. A rematch is set up for November and it will determine the next world champion.
Anand is a five-time world champion, but lost the title to Carlsen in 2013. As described by grandmaster and chess commentator Lubomir Kavalek, Anand has often been referred to as one of the most versatile world champions ever.
“The technical task was not insignificant, but it mainly consisted of playing waiting moves,” said Anand. “It is a relief to win it.”
P Harikrishna, another Indian in the competition, struggled near the end to finish with just two points out of five games. He finished with a total of 7.5 points, equalled by Surya Shekhar Ganguly also.
Sandipan Chanda, Debashish Das, M Syam Sundar and Sriram Jha all had average results, as much of the Indians are hoping to gain some points in the upcoming blitz championship.