Our Chennai Chess Hero Vishwanathan Anand won the World Championship 2006 again. The 37yr old was crowned World Chess Championship after a draw against Hungarian Peter Leko in the 14th & final round in Mexico. Eight worlds top chess stars played for the title and Anand won four of his 14 games and drew 10 games. He was the only player who remain undefeated in the 14-round event. Anand has been in world’s top-three for the last 15 years and now he is officially rated No 1 in the FIDE rankings.
Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, the former champion, won his last round game against Levon Aronian to finish in a tie for second with Boris Gelfand of Israel who could only manage a draw against Alexander Morozevich of Russia. The final standings goes like this
1. Vishwanathan Anand = 9 points.
2. Vladimir Kramnik = 8 points
3. Boris Gelfand = 8 points
4. Peter Leko = 7 points
5. Peter Svidler = 6.5 points
6. Alexander Morozevich = 6 points
7. Levon Aronian = 6 points
8. Alexander Grischuk = 5.5 points
With this massive victory he took home a cheque of US $390,000. This is the second time Anand won the World title. Anand had previously won the title in the year 2000 which was held in India & Iran but at that time some top stars including Kramnik didnt participate in it.
If you would like to know more information about the tournament and the final standings of the championship check out the official Web site. Also Click here to view the games.
After the Twenty20 cricket world cup celebration its time to give a wonderful reception for our champion 🙂