Sunday, May 9, 2010

Word chess champion and Indian Chess Grand Master Vishwanathan Anand

17th Nov'13 Update: 4th game ends in a draw, but 5th and 6th game won by Norwegian chess Grand-master Magnus Carlsen taking the point tally to 4-2.

13th Nov'13 Update: Third game of the World Chess Championship between Vishwanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen ends in a long affair draw after 51 moves.

10th Nov'13 Update: Anand faced Magnus Carlsen, the winner of the Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship 2013. Till date as on 10th November 2013, in two of the matches Anand had a draw with Carlsen.

Vishvanathan Anand born on 11th December 1969 in Chennai Acclaimed as the Fastest Brain in the world, is the absolute World Champion . It is his success in the world scene that has made this ancient Indian game, a mass sport in India.

The critics rate him as one of the biggest natural talents ever in the history of chess. His hallmark lightening speed and intuitive play came to be recognized when he became the first Indian Grand master in 1987. On 29th October 2008 he became World Champion for the third time by beating , Vladimir Kramnik of Russia , in a one sided match . Anand now becomes the only World Champion in chess history to have have taken the World Championship title in three formats, Knock out(2000), tournament(2007) and in a classical Match (2008).

Update: Anand then successfully defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov and in the World Chess Championship 2012 against Boris Gelfand. As the reigning champion, Anand faced Magnus Carlsen, the winner of the Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship 2013. Till date as on 10th November 2013, in two of the matches Anand had a draw with Carlsen.

In 2007 Anand reached the number one spot on the world ranking lists by winning the prestigious Linares tournament. He becomes the seventh person in modern chess history to reach the coveted spot. This is the first for an Indian and Asian .

In 2006 he added another feather to his cap by crossing the 2800 mark. He became the fourth person ever to reach this prestigious hallmark in chess history.

He is the first Asian to win the World Championship in 2000. He has won every classical, rapid and blind chess event in the chess circuit.

He won the prestigious Melody Amber, Blind & Rapid chess in Monaco in 1994, 1997,2003, 2005, 2004(Rapid), 2006 and 2007(Rapid). The Leon Magistral for the seventh time, Corsica Masters five times & the Strongest Rapid Championship , the Mainz Classic a staggering eleven times. His results in rapid chess makes him one of the greatest player ever in chess history.

If his talent as a Rapid chess player is legendary, his records in classical chess have been again better. In January 2006, he became the only player in chess history to win the Corus Chess event 5 times in the tournament’s 69-year history. He has won the prestigious Corus event 5 times (1989,1998,2003,2004 & 2006). He has won the prestigious Linares Chess event 3 times(1998,2007, 2008), Dortmund Sparkassen 3 times (1996,2000 & 2004) Madrid Masters, and Biel etc

Anand is the winner of the First and Second FIDE World Cup held in Shenyang (2000) and Hyderabad (2002).The World Cups are a series of prestigious knock out tournaments.

One of the few non-Soviet players in the sport, Viswanathan Anand has been feted with many international awards. He is the proud recipient of the Chess Oscars given for the best player of the year . He received this award five times. (1997,1998, 2003,2004 and 2007). In India he has received the high civilian awards of Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan , Padma Shri and Arjuna Award. He is also the first recipient of the Raji Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Known as the Gentleman Champion in the chess world, Anand is a spokesperson for children with cerebral palsy (Vidyasagar) and AIDS (Avahan, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). His pet project is the NIIT Mind Champions Academy that aims to take chess to over a million children .He is fluent in German, Spanish and French. His travels have taken him close to 50 countries. Anand is a keen follower of current affairs, world business and astronomy.

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