Chennai: Indian chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand won the FIDE Candidates 2014 tournament with a round to spare, securing the right to challenge the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen for the World title.
Anand,a five time world champion, had gone down to Norway's Carlsen in the title duel last November.
Anand, a five time World Champion, playing white drew a marathon 91 move game against Russian Sergey Karjakin in the 13th round to take his score to eight points in the tournament being played in Russia.
At the end of the 13th round, Anand was 1.5 points ahead of players in the second position. As such the results of the final round to be played Sunday will have no impact on Anand's position.
Anand's spouse reacts...
Reacting to the news, Anand's wife Aruna told IANS: "I am really proud of him. Hats off to him. Every World title match is important and interesting. This time not many expected him to win. But he succeeded with his single minded devotion."
"Seems we are seeing a new Anand with this win. I am very happy," S Sujatha, former national women's chess player, told IANS.
The Indian remained undefeated in this tough tournament where he was not the pre-tournament favourite.
The revenge match or the World Title match is scheduled sometime in November this year.