Viswanathan Anand is an Indian chess grandmaster and five times world chess champion. He is one of the greatest players in the history of chess and arguably the most versatile player of his generation. He has been a world champion across different formats: knockout, tournament, and match. Although he dominated the sport for nearly three decades, his peak years were between 2007 and 2013. In a cricket-loving nation, the King of chess has been a popular figure and inspired millions of kids to take up the board game.
Anand is 51-years-old. He was born on 11 December 1969 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India. Nicknamed the ‘lightning kid,’ he started learning chess from his mother from the age of six. National success came early, and he was already an international master and Indian chess champion at 16.
The average IQ of top Grandmasters is believed to be in the region of 180-190 (+/- 20). Although blessed with a great mind, Anand worked his way to the top through sheer hard work and perseverance.
He passed the rating of 2800 in 2006 on the FIDE (World Chess Federation) list. His current rating is 2753.
Kasparov is widely regarded as the greatest chess player ever. He had a better head-to-head record versus Anand. The Russian came on top in all the big-ticket matches. The duo only played a handful of games. Kasparov took retirement in 2005 while Anand hit his prime years two years later.
In 2013, the chess world was shocked when the undisputed world champion in classical chess, Viswanathan Anand, was defeated by the Norwegian. Magnus also enjoys a superior head-to-head record vs. Anand. He has probably been Anand’s greatest adversary.
Fondly known as Vishy Anand, he tied the knot with Aruna on 27 June 1996. Aruna has been very supportive of Anand’s career and has also managed him.
The couple has a son named Akhil. He was born on 9 April 2011.
Viswanathan Anand is reportedly worth USD 3 million dollars. He has amassed most of his fortune through prize money. TVH, NIIT, AMD, and Parle-G are some of the brands he endorses.
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