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|Full name||Anand or Anand Vishwanathan|
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1969-12-11) 11 December 1969
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|World Champion||2000–2002 (FIDE)
|FIDE rating||2767 (January 2018)|
|Peak rating||2817 (March 2011)|
|Ranking||No. 9 (October 2017)|
|Peak ranking||No. 1 (April 2007)|
Viswanathan Anand , விஸ்வநாதன் ஆனந்த் (visvanātaṉ āṉant) in Tamil language (Madras, December 11, 1969), is a great chess master and former world champion recognized by FIDE.
In 2000 Anand was proclaimed world champion of FIDE chess after beating Alexei Shirov in the final. He would lose the title in 2002, after falling in the semifinals against Vasili Ivanchuk, who in turn would lose the final against Ruslan Ponomariov.
By winning the 2007 World Chess Championship he became the undisputed world champion of the specialty, a title he would revalidate in October 2008 when he beat Russian Vladimir Kramnik in a match of twelve games in which he won by a score of 6.5 to 4.5; In May 2010, he defeated Bulgarian Veselin Topalov also to twelve games, with a score of 6.5 to 5.5, and in May 2012, defeating Boris Gelfand. He finally lost the title in 2013 to the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen by a score of 6.5-3.5 points.
Anand is the first Indian and Asian World Champion, as well as the first world champion since Robert James Fischer who was not born in one of the countries of the Soviet bloc. Anand is also the first and only world champion who has won the title competing under three different modalities: in 2000 by the direct elimination system, in 2007 by double-round league system, and in 2008, 2010 and 2012 by match direct against the challenger (winner of the Candidates Tournament).
Anand is a celebrity in India, where he has been chosen athlete of the year on multiple occasions. He currently lives in the small Spanish town of Collado Mediano, near Madrid.
Viswanathan Anand, popularly known as «Vishy», was born on December 11, 1969 in Mayiladuthurai, a small town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, but was raised in Madras. His mother taught him to play chess at 6 years old and since he was young he showed great talent for the game. Since its inception, Anand surprised the world of chess by the speed of his game, not without depth, and success would soon arrive.
As an Indian and Asian chess player, he opened the way with a series of scoops: in 1984 he became the first player in India, and the youngest (15 years), to obtain the title of International Master; the following year he was proclaimed national champion at 16, the youngest in India, a title he would get twice more; in 1987 he became the first Indian to win the World Junior Chess Championship, and that same year he obtained the title of Grand Master (again the first Indian-born player to do so); and in 2007 he became the first Indian and Asian World Champion. He is also the first world champion since Robert James Fischer, who did not come from one of the countries of what was the Soviet bloc. On the other hand, he is the first and only player who has won the world championship via knockout tournament, round robin tournament and traditional matches.
Viswanathan Anand Net Worth – $3 Million
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