Viswanathan Anand had to be content with a second place finish in the World Blitz Chess Championship after managing 28 points, three behind the winner Magnus Carlsen of Norway.
Anand, who started off brilliantly by winning 12 out of the first 14 games, was three points clear of third positioned Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine.
The Championship saw Anand going in to a two point lead after the first day with Carlsen on his heels but the remaining two days belonged to the Norwegian who scored massively to romp home.
Carlsen is likely to become the top rated player in the new-year, when the next FIDE rating list will come out.
The major difference between Anand and Carlsen was the individual results. While Carlsen lost eight games in all, Anand lost just six but his draw percentage was much higher.
Overall, Anand finished with 20 wins and 16 draws besides his six losses.
Anand finishes second in World Blitz Championship From our Chess Correspondent In the individual matches Anand drew, lost and won one match each against both the ladies, Judit Polgar of Hungary and Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia.
With Hungarian Peter Leko, Armenian Levon Aronian and Israeli Boris Gelfand the Indian star played out two draws apiece and defeated the remaining participants with 1.5-0.5 or a 2-0 score.
Carlsen, who had been ailing with a throat infection just a few days back during the Tal Memorial, showed no signs of discomfiture in his 28 victories, including two against Anand in this 42-rounds, double round-robin tournament.
Anand next plays in the Corus chess tournament at Wijk Aan Zee in Holland in mid January and thereafter will defend his world title against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in a proposed match in April 2010. PTI