I'm relieved, says Anand

May 31, 2012, 08:28 IST | IANS

India's five-time World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand says he was too tense to be happy after he won the title for the fifth time beating Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand in the tie-breaker yesterday.

“Game one was a tense start. It was a long and tough match. The match was very intense, I am relieved. I was better for most part in the second game. It was a back and forth game. 

“The match was so even that I had no sense of what shape tie-break would take. Right now the only feeling to have is relief,” Anand told reporters after winning his third straight title at the renowned State Tretyakov Gallery.

Anand was addressing a post-match press conference after winning the title in rapid tie-break games against Boris Gelfand of Israel. Anand beat Gelfand 2.5-1.5 in the four-match tie breaker.  The tournament went into the tie-breaker after Anand and Gelfand drew the 12th game, Monday. 

They were tied 6-6 after the final round. Anand went ahead in the tie-breaker after winning the second game in 77 moves following a draw in the first. The first game ended in a draw in 33 moves.  The remaining two games ended in draws. 

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