Kovind and Modi to congratulate Viswanathan Anand

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have congratulated Viswanathan Anand for winning the world rapid chess championship title.

In his tweet, President Kovind said such determined pursuit of excellence across decades makes Anand an inspiration for all others.

Mr. Kovind said that India is proud of him. In his tweet, Mr Modi said, Mr Anand has proven his mettle time and again and his tenacity inspires the nation. He said, India is proud of his exemplary success at the World Rapid Chess Championship.

Indian chess ace Anand won the world rapid title in Riyadh yesterday.

At the championship, Anand stunned World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and went on to finish on top with Ten and a Half Points at the end of the 15th and final round.

But, since two other men, Vladimir Fedoseev and Ian Nepomniachtchi, both of Russia, also scored the same number of points, a tie-breaker was required to decide the winner.

Anand won that mini-match against Fedoseev, who is 26 years younger, by Two-Nil. For the 48-year old Anand, it is one of his most memorable crowns in a long career.

As for the other Indians, P Harikrishna finished 16th, Surya Shekhar Ganguly 60th, Vidit Gujarathi 61st, B Adhiban 65th and S P Sethuraman 96th.

The women’s title was won by China’s Ju Wenjun. Dronavalli Harika was the best-placed Indian finishing 19th.

Padmini Rout took the 22nd place, S Vijayalakshmi got the 34th position and Eesha Karavde stood 35th in the standings.

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