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Viswanathan Anand Profile, Early Life, Achievements, Awards



Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand Profile, Early Life, Achievements, Awards

Indian Chess Grandmaster, Viswanathan Anand was born on 11th December 1969 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu in a Brahmin Tamil Family.

Anand’s foundation as an aspiring chess player was laid by his mother at the early age of six.

Anand completed his education at Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Egmore, Chennai and Graduated ( from Loyola College, Chennai.

Anand got married Aruna in the year 1996 and has a son.


Anand emerged as a shining star in the Indian chess world history, He became the only chess player to win the world chess championship in the tournament, match, knockout and rapid time controls formats.

Anand at the age of fourteen won the National Sub-junior Chess Championship in 1983.

Anand at the age of fifteen became the youngest Indian to achieve the title of International Master by winning the Asian Junior Championship for the two consecutive years 1984-1985.

Anand at the age of sixteen became the ‘National Chess Champion’ in 1984 and at the age of eighteen, he became the first Indian to win the ‘World Junior Chess Championship’ in 1987.

Anand became India's first ‘Grandmaster’ by winning the Shakti Finance International Chess Tournament in 1988.

Anand also won the FIDE World Chess Championship in 2000.

Anand became the uncontested No.1 World Champion from 2007-2013.

Anand won the 2017 World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 28th December 2017, by defeating Russian Chess Grandmaster, Vladimir Fedoseev, after conquering on a tiebreak following a three-way tie.


Anand is the proud recipient of various National and International honorable awards.

Some of Anand’s prestigious awards awarded by Government of India, for his distinguished work as a sports person are Arjuna Award (1985), Padma Shri (1987), The Rajiv Gandhi Award (1991–1992), Padma Bhushan (2000) and Padma Vibhushan (2008).


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