Moscow: Defending champion Vishwanathan Anand of India won the World Chess title for the fifth time after he defeated Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand in the tie-breaker in Moscow.
Anand beat Gelfand 2.5 to 1.5 in the four-match tie breaker.
Anand went ahead in the tie-breaker after winning the second game in 77 moves following a draw in the first. The first game ended in a draw in 33 moves.
The remaining two games ended in a draw a Anand defended his world championship title for the third time in a row.
The tournament went into the tie-breakers after Anand and Gelfand drew the 12th game, Monday. They were tied 6-6 after the final round.
Anand will received $1.5 million, while challenger Gelfand bagged $1 million.
Anand said the match was a question of nerves and he held it till the last to clinch the game.
"It was a question of nerves. The whole match was extremely tense and difficult," he told Indian media after the win.
"I managed to keep the control of the match till the very end," he said.
"I am too tense to be feeling happy," he said after the win.
He said he knew Boris was a tough opponent. "He was a formidable player," he said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Indian Cricket team captain, Mahindra Singh Dhoni where a few amongst the many who congratulated Anand on his win.
Dhoni went on to say that, “Anand is an inspiration for all sportsperson. I had a rare opportunity to meet him once and found he was extremely humble and down to earth. What he has done recently is simply incredible. And what he has been doing consistently is marvelous.”