30 May: That was close!
The old and new world champion had a really hard day at the office today, but he managed to win the tiebreak and retained his world title! Congratulations to Vishy Anand! Our cartoonist Frank Stiefel was so excited, that he immediately send me two cartoons after the last tiebreak game!
Vishy had some problems to solve in the tiebreak!
After winning the world championship tournament in Mexico 2007, Vishy won matches against Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov and now Boris Gelfand. Who is next?
The team just came back to the hotel after the press conference and will have dinner (Indian!) tonight, but I want to show you some quick pictures of today before we leave. (Updated: added new pictures after dinner!)
Gelfand reaches out his hand and offers a draw in the final game of the World Chess Championship Match 2012.
During the press conference, I went back into the empty playing hall and took this picture of the final position of the match on stage.
I was lucky to get the shot, because just a few minutes later, the workers came to remove everything from the stage. On the right you can see the chessboard, without pieces! I did not take them, I swear!
The fine HD cameras, that provided great pictures to the internet audience, all packed and ready for the Tal Memorial, that starts next week in Moscow!
First there is some more work to do: Vishy is doing an interview with Ulrich Stock, of the quality weekly newspaper “Die Zeit“. Yes, Stock is tall!
Aruna Anand also had to talk to several TV Stations from India. Here she is talking to the legendary Vijay Kumar.
“Yes Akhil, Daddy won today, I’ll bring you a nice trophy”.
Hmmm, headcount, who is missing?
Team Anand, Moscow 2012: Peter Heine Nielsen, Aruna Anand, Viswanathan Anand, Rustam Kasimdzahnov, Radek Wojtaszek, Surya Ganguly, Eric van Reem and Hans-Walter Schmitt.
Before we could go to dinner, Vishy had some more interviews to complete. This one just in front of the hotel, after a heavy cloudburst over Moscow.
The Ambassador of India, Ajai Malhotra came to the hotel to congratulate Anand and he brought us a bottle of champagne. HWS is wearing his new Vishy-world champion: Simply the Best T-shirt.