Mainz, Germany:Viswanathan Anand lifted his 10th Grenkeleasing Rapid championship title after defeating Armenian Levon Aronian in a cautiously played final.
The Indian beat Aronian 2.5-1.5 to complete an unbeaten run en route to another memorable performance on his favourite hunting ground.
"I am very happy to lift the title for the 10th time. This was a very tiring championship. I had to play 14 games with Aronian (8 in Chess 960 and 6 in Rapid) but I am happy to win.
"In my last game Aronian was better in the opening but as the game developed my knights became more powerful blocking all his pieces, there was no other way left for him," Anand said in the post match press conference after donning the winner's black jacket.
Anand will now have a three-week break before the World championship in Mexico.
Anand proved superior to Aronian in the fourth game of the final after the first three games ended in draws. Aronian, who had fought well till the last game of the championship collapsed when put under pressure from an innocuous position.
The first three games between Anand and Aronian were evenly contested. Anand was never in trouble and Aronian on his part did well to defend the black side twice. The tension built up in the fourth game where Anand played black and faced the Catalan opening.
Anand equalised after the opening to reach a position, which did not offer many chances to either side.