Moscow: Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand shows the massive flexibility to beat challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel in a tie-breaker to triumph the World Championship crown for the fifth time and fourth in a row here on Wednesday.
Anand wins the second game and drew the other three to triumph the title at the State Tretyakov Gallery here. After a 6-6 deadlock in the 12 Classical games, the finale ended 2.5-1.5 in Anand’s favour making him the world chess champion 5 times in all and 4 times in a row since 2007.
The hallmark of Anand’s victory was his speed. Frequently, Gelfand was seen down to his final few seconds when Anand still had a few minutes left on his clock.
Gelfand played white in game one and gets nothing out of the opening. Actually, an inaccuracy by the Israel gave Anand a massive advantage as the game progressed out of a Semi-Slav defense although it was Anand’s possibility to go wrong if the battle had to open out the way it did.
Anand will pocket about USD 1.4 million, 55 % of the total prize fund of USD 2.55 million whereas Gelfand will obtain the remaining amount.