Top News

Viswanathan Anand retains world chess title

Chess World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India is seen through his winner's trophy during a news conference at the Chess World Championships in Bonn October 29, 2008. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian chess Grand Master Viswanathan Anand successfully defended his world title on Wednesday by defeating Russian Vladimir Kramnik in a match-play series in Bonn, Germany.

The 38-year-old former world number one won by 6.5-4.5 after a draw in the penultimate round to take an unassailable lead in the 12-match contest, the World Chess Federation website ( said.

Anand, currently world number five, regained the world title he won in Mexico last year where he edged out defending champion Kramnik by one point.

Kramnik had a right to challenge the Indian by virtue of being the 2006 champion.

In Bonn, Anand and Kramnik started out with draws before the Indian won three games.

Kramnik pulled off a magnificent win in game 10 but Anand drew the next with white pieces to retain his crown.

Anand won the world junior title in 1989 and became India’s first Grand Master at the age of 16.

He won his first world crown in 2000, but the value of the title has been enhanced since 2006 when two rival chess bodies unified.