Vishwanathan Anand (b. 1969) is the first Indian and Asian to become the World Champion in Chess. He started his training of chess at the age of six from his other.
Destiny crowned him with success at the tender age of fourteen years. He got numerous titles in national and International championships in chess. he could achieve all this because of his mental toughness and great concentration. He is known by many names like 'One Man Chess Revolution', 'Boy Wonder' and 'The Tiger Of Madras'. He also won many awards for his achievements like Arjuna Award, Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan and many others. He was added a glories chapter to the history of Indian sports.
There are many famous personalities in the field of sports. In our country people generally love cricket and cricket players. But there are many other sports which are played and other players who have achieved extraordinary heights in their fields. Among all the sports stars, the person who appeals to e the most is the Indian chess player. Vishwanathan Anand. In my opinion chess is a very difficult game. This is a mind's game and every body can not play it. He is the first Indian and Asian to become undisputed world champion. He achieved this distinction in 2007. Not only this, he has also won a larger number of other titles in this game. he has brought much glory and honor to India in the field of Chess.
Vishwanathan Anand was born on 11th December, 1969 in Chennai. He began his training of chess at the age of six from his mother Susheela. She gave him the first lessons in chess. His father Vishwanathan is a railway executive. Destiny crowned him with success at the tender age of fourteen years when he won the National sub-Junior Championship. Since then a string of victories ensured his winning many titles. Anand holds a degree in Commerce. His other hobbies are reading, swimming and listening to music. He can speak many languages like Spanish, French and German. he presently lives at 'Callodo Mediano' in Spain with his wife Aruna. But he frequently visits India and loves his country. Anand is called b many names like 'One Man Indian Chess Revolution', 'Boy Wonder', 'The Tiger of Madras' etc.
Anand's rise in the Indian chess world as meteoric. National level success came early for him when he won the National sub-Junior Chess Championship in 1983 at the age of fourteen. He became the youngest Indian and Asian to win the International Master title at the age of fifteen. in 1984. At the age of sixteen he became the youngest National Champion, in 1986. In 1987, he became the first Indian to win the World Junior Chess Championship and became India's first Grandmaster.
'Vishy', as Anand is sometimes called by his friends, burst upon the upper echelons of the chess scene in the 1990s. he played chess at high speed. In 1991, he made the quarter finals of the FIDE Candidates Tournaments. Anand qualified for the professional chess Association World Chess Championships final by winning the candidates matches against some of the great champions of chess in 1995. He won three consecutive advanced chess tournaments. In 1998 he became the first Indian and Asian to win chess Oscar. In 2000 he won the FIDE World Championship. In 2003 he won FIDE World Rapid Chess Championship. In 2006 he became the first Indian and Asian to cross 2800 ELO rating. In September, 2007 Anand became the World Champion by winning this year's FIDE World Championship Tournament held in Mexico city.
Over the years, awards, accolades and landmarks have piled on Vishwanathan Anand's career. He could achieve all this because of his mental toughness and great concentration. He could get all this mental and physical strength thought a very well disciplined life that he leads. he is very soft spoken. He practices yoga regularly. He goes jogging and regularly spends time at the gymnasium wherever he is. He also wants to share his experiences with those who play chess and have interest in this game. His game collection, under the title of 'My Best Games of Chess,' was published in the years of 1998 and was updated in 2001.
Anand has received many awards for his extra ordinary achievements in chess. In 1985 Anand got Arjuna Award for being outstanding Indian sportsman in chess. In 1987 he got three awards-Padma Shri, National Citizens Award and Soviet Land Nehru Award. he received Rajiv Gandhi Kehl Ratan Award in 1991-92 for India's highest porting honor. Forhis book, 'My Best Games of Chess,' he got British Chess Federation's 'Books of the Year' award in 1998. In 2000 be hot Padma Bhushan. he got Jamio De Oro, the highest honor given the the Government of lanzarote in Spain in 2001. The award is given to illustrious personalities with extraordinary achievements. In 1998 he got Sports star Millennium Award from India's premier sports magazine for being the sports person of the millennium.
Anand has been giving extraordinary performances repeatedly in all the national and international championships. He is the inspiration for all the chess lovers. Following his steps, many Indians got encouraged to come forward in this field. He wants to make chess available in every nook and corner of the country. Anand regularly collaborates with young Indian chess players to help existing talent reach higher.