Today, on the occasion of the birthday of chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, let’s talk about his education, family, career, achievements as a great player. We will also see some fun facts about him.
Viswanathan Anand was born on 11 December 1969. He is an Indian chess grandmaster and a former world chess champion.in 1988, he became the first grandmaster from India and is one of the few players to have surpassed an Elo rating of 2800, he first achieved this in 2006. He became an icon of many children and they were motivated and driven towards the game of chess. Following his footsteps, many young children have represented India in the game of chess.
He was born on 11 December 1969 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. His father, Krishnamurthy Viswanathan was a retired general manager of Southern Railways, and his mother, Sushila, was a housewife, chess aficionado, and socialite.
He married Aruna in 1996. They have a son who was born on 9 April 2011. His name is Akhil Anand Anand is a Hindu and has stated he enjoys the tranquility and joy of temples. He has credited his daily prayers to help him achieve a "heightened state of mind" that makes his focus better while playing chess.
Anand was educated at Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Egmore, Chennai(Tamil Nadu), and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Loyola College, Chennai. He started learning chess from age 6 from his mother but learned the tactics of the game in Manila where he lived with his parents from 1978 through the '80s while his father worked as a consultant by the Philippine National Railways.
He is the first Asian to win the World Championship in the year 2000. He has won every classical, rapid and blind Chess event in the Chess circuit.
Anand has won the prestigious Leon Magistral award 9 times, Corsica Masters 6 times & the Strongest Rapid Championship, the Mainz Classic a staggering eleven times. His results in rapid Chess make him one of a kind.
If his talent as a Rapid Chess player is legendary, his records in classical Chess have been extremely superlative. 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
He is the winner of the first and second FIDE World Cup held in Shenyang (2000) and Hyderabad (2002).
One of the few non-Soviet players in the sport, Viswanathan Anand has been honored 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 six times in the following years, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008. Thus becoming the only non-Russian to win the award six times. In India, he has received the highest civilian awards like Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, and Arjuna Award. He is also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Anand is known as the Gentleman Champion in the Chess world. He is an active spokesperson for children with cerebral palsy (Vidyasagar). He is fluent in various languages.
He is a part of chess competitions in schools program in India, the NIIT Mind Champions Academy that has taken the game of Chess to over one million students.
Viswanathan Anand is a polyglot. He fluently speaks many languages like Tamil, English, French, German, and Spanish.
He won the title of International Master in 1984 and became the first Indian to get this title. He was just 15 at that time.
He is lovably called ‘Vishy” and “Tiger of Madras” because of his exceptional performance in the game of chess.
Anand has an immense interest in Astronomy as well.
His travels have taken him around 50 different countries. Anand is a keen follower of current affairs and world businesses.
Viswanathan Anand has reached the pinnacle of the world ranking of 1, it is not surprising that the Indian chess champion has accumulated a huge amount of wealth over the years through his talent. As per Celebrity Net Worth, Anand has a net worth of $3 million USD. He became the global brand ambassador of NIIT, a global IT services company.