Viswanathan Anand wins World Chess Championship 2012

Viswanathan Anand retained his World Chess Championship title after defeating his challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel 2.5-1.5 in a crunch 4-game tiebreaker in Moscow on Wednesday. Anand finished off the championship match with a draw in the fourth tiebreaker game. With this, Anand won his fifth world chess championship title after winning the ultimate glory in 2000, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
After the 12-game championship matches ended in 6-6 tie, Anand and Gelfand started the tiebreaker with a draw too. But playing with white, Anand bounce back in the second game to beat his opponent and took a crucial 1 point lead. Anand managed to hold Gelfand for another draw in the third game with black pieces to maintain the one-point lead ahead of the all-important fourth and final rapid game. There have been only three World Chess Championship matches that have been decided on tiebreaks: Vishy Anand's loss to Anatoly Karpov of Russia in the 1998 final at Lucerne, Rustam Kasimdzhanov's title win in 2004 and Vladimir Kramnik's success against Veselin Topalov in 2006.


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