Anand was the FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion in 2003, and is widely considered the strongest rapid player of his generation.
Anand speaks about his campaign, last minute twists and how he nearly the missed Riyadh event Viswanathan Anand nearly missed the ongoing King Salman World Rapid and Blitz tournament. He has this unbelievable ability to win games on demand and I must admit, he was the favourite. "To beat Carlsen who has been so dominant in last few years felt like an accomplishment". However, Anand felt he had lost the plot after the first three games ended in draws. Initially, we both had the same hallucination that this was a draw. But it has been the most wonderful surprise. The biggest surprise he gave himself was the ninth round win over Magnus Carlsen, the best player in the world now. Since I had a guaranteed draw, I chose to spend a few minutes to just check and look for something else. And when I looked at his face, I realised that it had hit him as well. After that win I caught with Magnus in the last round. I then calculated the line which actually happened in the game.
The former world champion remained unbeaten through the tournament and came back strongly to bag the top position on a tie-break after a three-way tie with Russians Vladimir Fedoseev and Ian Nepomniachtchi at 10.5 points from a possible 15. "I am so happy that I can not describe it in words", Anand said. "I had the advantage in the first tiebreak game and felt the wind was behind me", said Anand who sealed the deal 2-0 against Fedoseev. With four points out of a possible six, Anand is a point behind eight leaders on five points apiece and now shares the 18th spot. "I hope you dedicated this latest victory to everyone who has asked you when you were going to retire!" tweeted Kasporov on Friday.