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Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand

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About Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand (aka Vishy) (Born: 1969) is an Indian Chess Player and is currently the World Chess Champion.

Professional Biography

As Chess Player

Anand has set a record in 1984 by becoming the youngest Indian to earn the title of IM at the age of fifteen. He is the first Asian to win the World Chess Champion. As of Saturday, February 28, 2009, Anand's FIDE Rating is 2791. As per color statistics reported after January 2007 (and till February 2009), Anand played 45 game(s) with White of which he won 24%, drew 71% and lost 5%. He played 46 game(s) with Black, won 26%, drew: 63% and lost 11% of the matches.

In December 2011, Viswanathan Anand finished joint fifth in the London Classic round-robin tournament. Vladimir Kramnik of Russia won the tournament. Anand will next play world title match against Boris Gelfand of Israel in May 2012.


Viswanathan Anand appears in print and television advertisements of NIIT, an Indian chain of computer institutes and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

Fifth Final Chess Masters

Viswanathan Anand finished fifth in the fifth Final Chess Masters.

Viswanathan Anand has played seven draws in as many games against World No. 2 Levon Aronian of Armenia. On 10 October 2012, after seven draws, he remained fourth in the six-player round-robin tournament.

He drew his final and 10th round match with Sergey Karjakin of Russia. Viswanathan Anand lost to Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the ninth round after he drew his earlier rounds.

London Classic

The London Classic 2012 is a nine-player round robin tournament. Viswanathan Anand will start his campaign at the London Classic 2012 from round two on 2 December 2012. Anand has slipped to number six in World rankings released on 30 November 2012. Magnus Carlsen of Norway, Levon Aronian of Armenia and Vladimir Kramnik of Ukraian are also competing in the tournament.

World Chess Championship Title

Viswanathan Anand won the world chess championship title five times.

  • 2000
  • 2007
  • 2007
  • 2010
  • 2012

2012 World Chess Championship Title

Viswanathan Anand won the World Chess Championship title for the fifth time defeating Boris Gelfand of Israel on May 30, 2012.

Congratulatory Messages

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh: "You are a great inspiration to the youth of our country, particularly the sports enthusiasts. You have made the nation proud of you with this monumental achievement. I wish you many more successes in the future,"

Sonia Gandhi: "Anand has made India proud. His feat of winning the title consecutively for the fourth time is indeed stupendous,"

Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari: Vice President expressed hope that Anand's victory would serve as an inspiration to our youth and Chess players in the country and focus national attention on the game of Chess.

Vishwanathan Anand's father Viswanathan Iyer: "Indeed, extra proud. See, it's sensational; he has achieved the best of the chess world. Gelfand has always been a tough opponent. Even in the earlier games, if you see he has been always a tough opponent,"

Viswanathan Anand in News

NIIT Nguru MathLab@Class - a Unique Technology Enabled Learning Solution for Schools Unveiled by NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand
Business Wire IndiaFive-time World Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand today unveiled NIIT Nguru MathLab@Class a unique technology enabled learning solution for schools at a function organized at Mahatma Group of Schools, Madurai. NIIT Nguru MathLab@Class has been designed to take teaching and learning of Mathematics to the next level

NIIT Press Release- Final Game of World Chess Championship 2014
23-year-old Magnus Carlsen defeated Viswanathan Anand in the 11th game of the World Chess championship and retained the title which he had won in Chennai last November.   The 12 game Match went Carlsen’s way with a 6.5-4.5 score making the last round redundant

Stanley Tomchin Masters the Game of Chess
Last week four Republican and Democrat congressmen sat down at a table on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., ready to fight. An unusual approach to resolve political disagreements? Not exactly -- they were battling over a game of chess. The idea behind the Congressional Chess Tournament was to raise awareness of the great educational benefits chess has for young people

Viswanathan Anand wins 2014 FIDE Candidates Chess tournament
Anand will play Magnus Carlsen for World Chess Championship in November

Tejas Networks’ Packet Optical product wins Aegis Graham Bell Innovative Telecom Product Award
Tejas Networks Ltd., a leader in next-generation optical networking products, announced that their Packet Optical Transport (POTP) product, TJ1600, has won the prestigious Aegis Graham Bell Innovative Telecom Product Award 2011

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