Viswanathan Anand is World Chess champion from India. Here listed out Viswanathan Anand Biography, Profile, Facts, Timeline, Awards, Achievemnet, etc.,
FAMOUS AS : Chess Player
NATIONALITY : Indian
BIRTHDAY: 11 December 1969
BORN IN : Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India
FATHER : Viswanathan Iyer
MOTHER : Susheela
AWARDS: Padma Vibhushan (2007) Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (1992)
- Viswanathan Anand was born in Chennai on 11th December 1969. Even from his childhood he showed interest in chess. In fact, he picked his early lessons in chess from his mother Susila Viswanathan at the age of six.
- His special ability to move the coins quickly he was called the ‘lightning kid’. At the age of 14, he won the National Sub – Juniors Champioship.
- He emerged as the youngest Indian National Champion at the age of 16. He was called the ‘Boy Wonder’ and became a Grandmaster at the age of 17 and no Indian had ever achieved that till this time.
- In 1987, he became the first Asian to win the World Junior Championship at Baguio city in Philippines and also became the first Indian to earn the coveted Grandmaster title in the same year.
- In 1992, he won the Akekhine memorial ahead of Karpov. He attained a 2700 rating and he is the 8th person in the world to achieve this rating.
- In 1993, he won the PCA interzonal, Groninger championship and it was the strongest Swiss tournament ever played.
- In 1994 he became the champion in the world Championship Candidate Cycle tournament in New York beating Ramanishri. In the same year he won the PCA Grand Prix tournament and edged ahead of Kasparov.
- The year 1988 can be said as the star year for Anand when he won the Chess Oscar for the first time.
- In 2003, he was again awarded the Chess Oscar. He became the first non-Russion to win the Oscar three times.
- The Government of India conferred the Arjuna Award in 1985. He was awarded the Padma Bhusan , one of the highest awards of the Government of India.
- He was the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1992. He also received the Soviet Land Nehru Award. He was given the ‘Sportsman of the Millennium Award’ by the Sportstar. He also received the Birla’s ‘Living Legends’ Award’.