Vishwanathan Anand

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Vishwanathan Anand

Vishwanathan Anand is an Indian chess Grandmaster and the current World Chess Champion.

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Vishwanathan Anand

Vishwanathan Anand is an Indian chess Grandmaster and the current World Chess Champion. Anand has won the World Chess Championship five times (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012), and has been the undisputed World Champion since 2007. Anand is the only player to have won the world chess championships in many formats including Tournament, Match, Rapid, and Knockout chess.

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Vishwanathan Anand

Anand is one of six players in history to break the 2800 mark on the FIDE rating list, and in April 2007 at the age of 37, he became the world number one for the first time. He was at the top of the world rankings five out of six times, from April 2007 to July 2008, holding the number-one ranking for a total of 15 months. In October 2008, he dropped out of the world top three ranking for the first time since July 1996. Anand regained the world number one ranking in 1 November 2010.

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Vishwanathan Anand

Anand became India's first grandmaster in 1988. He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991â€"92, India's highest sporting honour. In 2007, he was awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award in Indian history.

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Anand was born on 11 December 1969 in Mayiladuthurai, a small town in Tamil Nadu, India in a Tamil Brahmin family. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Chennai, where he grew up. His father, Viswanathan Iyer, is a retired General Manager, and his mother Susheela, housewife and chess/film/club aficionado and an influential socialite. Anand is 11 years younger than his sister and 13 years younger than his brother. He was taught to play chess by his mother and a close family friend named Deepa Ramakrishnan. Anand was educated at Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Egmore, Chennai and holds a degree in commerce from Loyola College, Chennai.

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Anand lived with his wife Aruna in Spain for a brief amount of time and they have one son. The family is now based in Chennai, India. Anand has been regarded as an unassuming person with a reputation for refraining from political and psychological ploys and instead focusing on his game. This has made him a well-liked figure throughout the chess world for two decades. Anand is sometimes known as the "Tiger of Madras". Anand was the only sportsperson to have been invited for the dinner hosted by the Indian PM Manmohan Singh for US President Barack Obama on 7 November 2010.

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Vishwanathan Anand

Anand's rise in the Indian chess world was meteoric. National level success came early for him when he won the National Sub-Junior Chess Championship with a score of 9/9 in 1983 at the age of fourteen. He became the youngest Indian to win the title of International Master at the age of fifteen, in 1984. At the age of sixteen he became the national chess champion and won that title two more times. He played games at blitz speed. In 1987, he became the first Indian to win the World Junior Chess Championship. In 1988, at the age of eighteen, he became India's first Grandmaster by winning Shakti Finance International chess tournament held in Coimbatore, India. He was awarded Padma Shri at the age of 18.

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Vishwanathan Anand

Anand has won the Chess Oscar in 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008. The Chess Oscar is awarded to the year's best player according to a worldwide poll of leading chess critics, writers, and journalists conducted by the Russian chess magazine 64. His game collection, My Best Games of Chess, was published in the year 1998 and was updated in 2001. He is the only player to have won five titles of the Corus chess tournament. He is also the only player to win the blind and rapid sections of the Amber tournament in the same year . He is the first player to have achieved victories in each of the three big chess supertournaments: Corus (1989, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006), Linares (1998, 2007, 2008), Dortmund (1996, 2000, 2004).

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