New Chess Champion Dominates in Mexico
Viswanathan Anand of India is the new world champion.
Anand, the world’s top-ranked player, won the World Chess Championship in Mexico City that ended yesterday. He dominated the 14-round event, winning four of them and losing none through Round 13.
This is the second time Anand has been world champion. In 2000, he won the World Chess Federation’s championship, held in Tehran and New Delhi. At the time, however, there was a rival claim for the title, and Anand was not universally acknowledged as champion. This time is different. The title was unified last year, and there is only one champion.
In Mexico City, Anand was in deep trouble only once, in Round 13 against Alexander Grischuk of Russia, but he squeaked through. Throughout the tournament, Anand demonstrated superior preparation and resourcefulness compared with his competitors.
By DYLAN LOEB McCLAIN The New York Times
Published: September 30, 2007