Anand retains World Chess Championship
Viswanathan Anand retained the FIDE World Chess Championship, defeating Bulgarian Veselin Topalov with black pieces in the final classic game of the series in Sofia on Tuesday.
Anand won the 12-game match with a score of 6.5-5.5 to defend the title he claimed in 2007.
A draw in the final game would have taken the match into a series of four rapid games, but Topalov blundered on his 31st and 32nd moves to hand Anand the decisive victory, which came at the end of 56 moves.
The same spirit that saw Topalov adopt the ‘Sofia rule,’ under which he refused to accept draw offers, was evident when he battled till the end before resigning as his position became increasingly untenable.