Anand wins Chess Oscar

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

World number two Viswanathan Anand has won the prestigious Chess Oscar for the third time.

Anand wins Chess Oscar

New Delhi:

World number two Viswanathan Anand has won the prestigious Chess Oscar for the third time, leaving behind nearest rival Peter Svidler of Russia by over 1,500 points. The former World Champion, who became only the second non-Russian after Bobby Fischer to win the prestigious annual award thrice, was elected for the Oscar from a worldwide poll involving leading chess writers, critics and journalists from over 50 countries conducted by Russian magazine 64. Anand will receive the award in June in Moscow. He had earlier won the Oscar in 1997 and 1998. "I am absolutely elated to be voted the Best Player for 2003. The Chess Oscar is a vote by the people who follow chess most intently. To be acclaimed by them is a true honour," Anand was quoted as saying in a release by his sponsor NIIT. In 2003, Anand won the Wijk Aan Zee as well as Corus Masters and also became the first player to win in all the three categories of the game -- blindfold, rapid and overall -- in Melody Amber before going on to become the World Rapid Champion. (PTI)



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