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Viswanathan Anand Biography

Viswanathan Anand is an Indian chess Grandmaster and the current World Chess Champion. Anand has won the World Chess Championship five times (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012), and has been the undisputed World Champion since 2007. Anand became India's first grandmaster in 1987. He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India's highest sporting honour. Anand was the FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion in 2003, and is widely considered the strongest rapid player of his generation In 2007, he was awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award in Indian history. Anand has won the Chess Oscar six times (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008). He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. He then successfully defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov and in the World Chess Championship 2012 against Boris Gelfand. Anand is one of six players in history to break the 2800 mark on the FIDE rating list, and in April 2007 at the age of 37, he became theworld number one for the first time. He was at the top of the world rankings five out of six times, from April 2007 to July 2008, holding the number-one ranking for a total of 15 months.

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18 iconic images which define India's sporting history
18 iconic images which define India's sporting history
Sports in India might not be the most desired of professions, but its achievements at the international stage is second to none.
Russian deputy PM lauds Karjakin for World Chess performance
Russian deputy PM lauds Karjakin for World Chess performance
Russian minister hails Karjakin's world chess performance
Russian minister hails Karjakin's world chess performance
5 current sportspersons who have represented India for the longest time
5 current sportspersons who have represented India for the longest time
India has always supported its sporting heroes throughout their career
Chess in India: Tournament memoirs and two friends at battle
Chess in India: Tournament memoirs and two friends at battle
An aspiring chess player's experiences playing in district level tourneys of Tamil Nadu and the role of Engines in destroying Chess.
Viswanathan Anand has no problems if needs of sportspersons are tackled
Viswanathan Anand has no problems if needs of sportspersons are tackled
Anand spoke regarding the row surrounding Salman Khan's appointment by the IOA.
Viswanathan Anand happy about Dipa Karmakar's achievement
Viswanathan Anand happy about Dipa Karmakar's achievement
Karmakar booked her place at the Rio Games after putting up a strong show in the final qualifying and test event.
Viswanathan Anand plays down retirement talk, looks forward to Candidates
Viswanathan Anand plays down retirement talk, looks forward to Candidates
For the first time in 10 years, there will be a World Championship without Anand, who has won the crown as many as five times.
Sachin Tendulkar joins Reliance General Insurance campaign against child labour
Sachin Tendulkar joins Reliance General Insurance campaign against child labour
Chess maestro Viswanathan Anand also joined the campaign.
Viswanathan Anand finishes third in the Candidates Chess tournament
Viswanathan Anand finishes third in the Candidates Chess tournament
The Indian grandmaster picked up a comfortable draw in his last game against Peter Svidler of Russia.
Viswanathan Anand loses India number one ranking for the first time in three decades
Viswanathan Anand loses India number one ranking for the first time in three decades
Pentala Harikrishna replaces Anand as India's number one chess player.
5 sports where India has dominated the world
5 sports where India has dominated the world
Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar and Viswanathan Anand speak to students before exams
Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar and Viswanathan Anand speak to students before exams
Sachin Tendulkar and Viswanathan Anand told students to maintain a positive approach.
Video: When Viswanathan Anand trolled the commentators and the entire chess fraternity
Video: When Viswanathan Anand trolled the commentators and the entire chess fraternity
What did the 'Lightning Kid' from Madras calculate for so long?
5 reasons why Viswanathan Anand is India's biggest sporting icon post-Independence
5 reasons why Viswanathan Anand is India's biggest sporting icon post-Independence
A look at Viswanathan Anand's achievements and why he is India's greatest sporting icon after 1947!
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