Viswanathan Anand

  • GM thamizhan
  • | May 13, 2010

In the month of “Chithirai”, 27th day, 2010 (for information about the Tamil calendar you can see the following link, ) in Sofia, Bulgaria, Mother India danced with pride and in her forehead the rich and green Tamil Nadu shines with glory and its fresh fragrence referred to as Mother Tamizh is extremely proud of her son, Viswanathan Anand's unparalleled accomplishment in winning the world chess championship even more than when he was born.

For the past twenty five years and more, Viswanathan Anand has been making his country, India and his fellow Tamilians proud by his achievements and today I would like to write something about him in my sweet native language, Tamil.


Anand has defeated Topalov from Bulgaria to claim the world chess champion title for the fourth time in his career. At this auspicious occasion I am extremely happy that the website has given me a chance to write about this champion in his mother tongue.


This match consisted of twelve games and each game took about six hours between these two strong chess players. Thousands and thousands of viewers all over the world watched the games live online and enjoyed the match. At the end of the eleventh round the scores were tied at 5.5 each and that made the match even more nail-biting going into the last round. Even though Anand had the black pieces in the last game, he managed to play with the precision of a computer to capitalize on Topalov's mistake and win the world championship title in style.


The volcano which erupted in iceland recently had created a huge smoke cloud that stopped all flights in and out of Europe. Anand, Aruna and his team of seconds arrived in Frankfurt without having any idea about this major setback caused by mother nature. A flight journey that should not have lasted 2 hours, ended up being more than a 40 hour road journey in a van. Also there were so many of his supporters who did not approve of his decision to play this match in Sofia, Topalov's home town and they felt the match should have taken place in a neutral country. Anand's victory despite all these problems only reminds me of a beautiful poem by Mahakavi (meaning a great poet) Bharathiyar's poem which translates to


Even when the sky above is falling down, Never Fear!

Even when the whole world is against you, Never Fear!


I would like to share some of the turning points of the second half of the match.

[ed note: if you'd like to see every game from the event with GM Magesh's comments, go back through our daily news articles] 









  • 7 years ago


    I think that is a way out, cslvs...

  • 7 years ago



    I am not sure but I think Black wins the pawn ending after Kg3 instead of Kh8.

  • 7 years ago


    Hello, could anybody explain to me why Topalov didn't played 47.Rf7+  He can go for a knight vs bishop endgame.

  • 7 years ago


    Imho Anand read Topalov's psychology perfectly in the last game.  He played the solid Lasker defense and was willing to take a draw, but he bet that Topalov would crack under the pressure and overreach, which is exactly what happened.  And then Anand was all over him!  Thanks to these two great players for a great match, and India / Tamil should be justly proud of their champion!

  • 7 years ago


    Chess lovers of the world were just treated to a magnificent championship match between two spectacularly gifted players. Your reference to the "nail-biting" nature of the games is accurate. The tension on the chess board was repeatedly explosive, owing to the high form and fighting spirit of both Anand and Topalov. 

    Thank you for posting some of the critical positions of this memorable match and for sharing your countryman's pride in your champion. Peace.

  • 7 years ago


    FuzzyLeprechaun said:

    I understand how this could win some national pride for one's country but there needs to be a more political sense of sportsmanship here. This article is just adding more salt on heavy wounds.

    I tend to agree, and I think Americans could set a good example by leaving Bobby Fischer in his grave and moving on.

  • 7 years ago


    Gm Thamizhan,

    Thank You for your endearing and highly poetic tribute to one of the great ones. If many others in the Tamil community are able to write with such style, then the Tamils must have produced a number of Mahakavi's through the ages !

  • 7 years ago


    Every Chess player must have enjoyed the way both fought for the title. I'm glad to see Anand winning. Topolov won hearts too. Most of the games were fought to the very endgame. They are very instructive for young talents who take up the game seriously. 

    The anti climax was Topolov's surprising eXf5 in the last game.

    However I salute Anand and Topolov for their great show on the board.

  • 7 years ago


    I understand how this could win some national pride for one's country but there needs to be a more political sense of sportsmanship here. This article is just adding more salt on heavy wounds.

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