Manmohan Singh congratulates Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand

October 30th, 2008 - 6:48 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today congratulated Viswanathan Anand on winning the World Chess Championship title in Bonn, Germany after ending the 11th game with Russia’’s Vladimir Kramnik in a draw.
In his message, the Prime Minister said that Viswanathan Anand has done the country proud with his exemplary performance at the highest level in his discipline. He has set a stellar example with his dedication and consistency to all sportspersons in the country.
Anand won three games, drew seven times and lost once en route to winning the competition by 6.5 points to 4.5.
With this win, he became the first player in chess history to have won the World Championship in three different formats: Knockout, Tournament and Match.
He will next defend his title in the World Chess Championship 2009 against the winner of the challenger match between Veselin Topalov and Gata Kamsky.
Anand is one of four players in history to break the 2800-mark on the FIDE rating list. He was on the top of the world-rating list five out of six times from April 2007 to July 2008. In October 2008, he dropped out of the world top 3 for the first time since July 1996. (ANI)

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