RIYAD (Saudi Arabia) -- Viswanathan Anand beat Russia's Vladimir Fedoseev 2-0 in a blitz tie-break to win the World Rapid Championship in Riyadh.
Anand had earlier been joint leader along with Vladimir Fedoseev and Ian Nepomniachtchi, also of Russia, at 10.5 points from a possible 15. He was unbeaten at the end of fifteen rounds, with six wins and nine draws.
Thanks all!! Feeling is like floating. My head keeps playing the song... we are the champions! The words ring so true. More on this moment after the blitz!
- Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) 28 December 2017
One of those wins came against world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the ninth round. Anand, who lost the 2013 World Championship to Carlsen, won in 34 moves.
Ju Wenjun of China won the Women's Rapid Championship.