Vishwanathan Anand

Chess Grand Master
Vishwanathan Anand

Who Am I

Popularly referred as "Vishy”, and “the Tiger from Madras", Viswanathan Anand is a Chess player of Indian origin who holds a place of supreme importance in world chess. Right from his childhood, Anand showed traits of his genius in the game. He learnt the game when he was just a 6 year old child. He stunned the Chess experts with his marvelous intuition and speed of playing. These qualities helped him in becoming the youngest National Chess champion. He was just 16 when he had achieved this feat.

 

 

Viswanathan Anand biography is replete with the tales of meteoric rise of the Indian in World chess arena. In 1987 He added another feather to his cap by becoming the First Asian to bag the top spot in the World Junior Championship. The icing on the cake was his earning the prestigious Grandmaster title, which he got at 18. His win of "Reggio Emilia" in 1991 in Italy added to his credentials. Viswanathan Anand biography stuns the readers with his numerous achievements and records set at young age.

 

 

 

Viswanathan Anand Chess - India’s Pride

 

 

 

Viswanathan Anand bagged the Linares Super Torneo in the year 1998. Before that he trounced the rivals in important tournaments like the Credit Suisse Masters in 1997 and the Melody Amber tournament. Viswanathan Anand chess achievements are numerous. In India he has been awarded the Padmashri and the Arjuna Award. He was the first recipient of the coveted Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. He faced the Russian chess legends Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov several times in his career. In 1995 World Championship final, he was beaten by Kasparov but took the revenge by trouncing him in rapid chess tournament next year. He also managed to beat Fritz, the popular chess software application in 1999. Now he lives in Spain along with his spouse Aruna. Viswanathan Anand chess playing style has inspired many players of next generations and Anand himself spends a lot of time in promoting the game.

 

 

 

World Chess Champion - Anand’s Feat

 

 

Viswanathan Anand became the world champion in Chess for the first time in 2000 when he beat Spain's Alexei Shirovyoungest. The World chess champion title went to him again in 2007. The next year he made his fans proud by retaining the title by tying with Russia’s Vladmir Kramnik. Despite his stupendous achievements and towering fame, Anand is quite humble in nature. He retained his title once again in 2010 when he trounced Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov. It was a nerve wrecking contest and Anand was awarded 1.2 million Euros as prize money.

Lubomir Kavalek describes Anand as the most versatile world champion ever, pointing out that Anand is the only player to have won the world chess championship in tournament, match, and knockout format, as well as rapid time controls.

 

 

In an interview in 2011, Kramnik said about Anand: "I always considered him to be a colossal talent, one of the greatest in the whole history of chess"; and "I think that in terms of play Anand is in no way weaker than Kasparov but he's simply a little lazy, relaxed and only focuses on matches. In the last 5–6 years he's made a qualitative leap that's made it possible to consider him one of the great chess players."

 

 

In an interview in 2014 Alexander Grischuk said about Anand: "I have to say that of all the players I’ve played against Anand has personally struck me as the strongest, of course after Kasparov."

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