Will Viswanathan Anand finally get the Bharat Ratna he deserves?

Viswanathan Anand regained the World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh on Thursday

Since two other men, Vladimir Fedoseev and Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russian Federation have also scored 10.5 points.

He remained unbeaten throughout the tournament with six wins and nine draws.

On Wednesday Anand had beaten Norwegian prodigy and reigning classical World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in a Round 9 clash and ended the day in joint second place.

He first beat arch-rival Magnus Carlsen in the ninth round and then hammered Russia's Vladimir Fedoseev in the final in a tie breaker.

On Thursday, Anand had to settle for a draw in the first three rounds as well as the last round against Bu Xiangzhi of China. Till then, however, sports enthusiasts will always wonder how a great champion like him has never been conferred India's highest civilian award. Understandably, there were a lot of calls for retirement from his critics and Anand himself said that he wasn't feeling positive coming into the tournament. And he has this awesome ability to win games on demand.

That game, Anand felt, turned the tide. "Of course, given our history, given the fact that we've played some intense matches, there was that extra bit of feeling", he added. In 2012, he defeated Boris Gelfand via a rapid tie-break to win the title for the fourth consecutive time.

Anand beat Fedoseev 2-0 in the two-game tie-break to ensure that his awe-inspiring show reaches its logical conclusion. But it has been the most wonderful surprise.

"I am so unbelievably happy".

"It (the triumph) is so unexpected because I wasn't even planning to come to this tournament, which was announced late". It is just so unexpected, after all the disappointments in rapid chess.

Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday congratulated Viswanathan Anand for winning World Rapid Chess Championship. There are those unexpected feelings and the most awesome feeling of all was to have the title of World Champion again.

Among other Indians in the fray, P Harikrishna and Vidit Gujrathi did well to end on 12.5 points apiece, B Adhiban ended on 11 while Surya Shekhar Ganguly and S P Sethuraman finished with 10 points apiece. "I hope you dedicated this latest victory to everyone who has asked you when you were going to retire".

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