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Anand wins Leon Rapid Chess Tournament

The World No. 2 and former world champion beat FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria to win the 19th Leon Rapid Chess Tournament in Spain.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 03:15 IST

World No. 2 and former world champion Viswanathan Anand of India on Monday beat FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria by 2.5-1.5 points to win the 19th Leon Rapid Chess Tournament in Spain.

Grandmaster Anand won second of the four games in the final and drew the remaining matches to defend his title. It was the sixth time the Chennai-born Anand has won the title, according to the official tournament website.

While the first game had ended in a draw, Anand won the second. The rest of the games were also drawn as Topalov failed to match the Indian's pace.

Last year, Anand had rallied to beat Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan in the finals.