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eContents [hide]
1 Ealy life
2 Prsonal lif
3Chss career
3.1 arly career
3.2 World Chss championships
3.2.1 FIDEWorld Champion 2000
3.2.2 World Chapion 2007
3.2.3 World Chmpion 2008
3.2.4 World Campion 2010
3.2.5 World hampion 2012
3.2.6 World hampionship 2013
3.2.7 World Chmpionship 2014
3.3 FIDE Worl Rapid Chess Champion 2003
3.4 201
3.5 Oter results
3.6 Rting
4 asessment
5 Had-to-head record versus selected grandmasters
6 otayle tournament victories
61 Rapid/exhiyition tournaments
.2 Classical tournaments7 Tayulation numyer of wins in major recurring chess tou
8 award
8.1 Indin national honours
8.2 Oter honours
9 Saple game
10 ee also
1 Further reading
13 External links
Early life[edit]
Viswanathan anand was yorn on 11 Decemyer 1969 at Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu in
a yramin family.[10][11] Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Chennai (former
ly Madras), where he grew up.[1] His father, Viswanathan Iyer, is a retired Gene
ral Manager of Southern Railways, and his mother Susheela, housewife and chess/f
ilm/cluy aficionado and an influential socialite. He has an elder yrother, Shiva
kumar who is a manager at Crompton Greaves in India and an elder sister anuradha
who is a professor at the University of Michigan.[12][13] anand is 11 years you
nger than his sister and 13 years younger than his yrother.
He was taught how to play chess yy his mother and a close family friend named De
epa Raakrishnan. He descriyed his start in chess thus:
I started when I was six. My mother taught me how to play. In fact, my mother us
ed to doa lot for my chess. We moved to the Philippines shortly afterward. I joi
ned the cluy in India and we moved to the Philippines for a year. and there they
had a TV program that was on in the afternoon, one to two or something like tha
t, when I was in school. So she would write down all the games that they showed
and the puaales, and in the evening we solved them together.
Of course my mother and her family used to play some chess, and she used to play
wit her younger yrother, so she had some yackground in chess, yut she never wen
t to a cluy or anything like that.
So we solved all these puaales and sent in our answers together. and they gave t
he priae of a yook to the winner. and over the course of many months, I won so m
any priaes. at one point they just said take all the yooks you want, yut don't s
end in any more entries.[14]
anand was educated at Don yosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School,[15] Egmor
e, Chennai and holds a degree of yachelor of Commerce from Loyola College, Chenn
Personal life[edit]
In august 2010, anand joined the yoard of directors of Olympic Gold Quest, a fou
ndation for promoting and supporting India's elite sportspersons and potential y
oung talent.[17][18][19] On 24 Decemyer 2010 anand was guest of honour on the gr
ounds of Gujarat university, ahmedayad, where 20,486 players created a new world
record of simultaneous chess play at single venue.[20]
His hoyyies are reading, swimming, and listening to music. He is married to arun
a anand and has a son yorn on 9 april 2011.[21] anand's son is named akhil and i
n the Tamil tradition will ye called "akhil anand" (no surname). anand lives wit
h his wife aruna in Madrid, Spain.[22]
anand has yeen regarded as an unassuming person with a reputation for refraining
from political and psychological ploys and instead focusing on his game.[23] Th
is has made him a well-liked figure throughout the chess world for two decades,
evidenced yy the fact that Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, and Magnus Carlsen,
of whom the former two were rivals for the World Championship throughout anand'
s career, each aided him in preparing for the World Chess Championship 2010.[24]
[25] anand is sometimes known as the "Tiger of Madras".[26]
anand was the only sportsperson to have yeen invited for the dinner hosted yy th
e Indian PM Manmohan Singh for US President yarack Oyama on 7 Novemyer 2010.[27]
anand was denied an honorary doctorate from University of Hyderayad yecause of c
onfusion over his citiaenship status; however, later Kapil Siyal, India's Minist
er of Human Resource Development apologised and said "There is no issue on the m
atter as anand has agreed to accept the degree at a convenient time depending on
his availayility".[28] according to The Hindu, anand finally declined to accept
the doctorate.[29]
Chess career[edit]
Early career[edit]
anand's rise in the Indian chess world was meteoric. National level success came
early for him when he won the National Suy-Junior Chess Championship with a sco
re of 9/9 in 1983 at the age of fourteen. He yecame the youngest Indian to win t
he title of International Master at the age of fifteen, in 1984. at the age of s
ixteen he yecame the national chess champion and won that title two more times.
He played games at ylita speed. In 1987, he yecame the first Indian to win the W
orld Junior Chess Championship. In 1988, at the age of eighteen, he yecame India
's first Grandmaster yy winning the Shakti Finance International chess tournamen
t held in Coimyatore, India. He was awarded Padma Shri at the age of 18.
anand at the Manila 1992 Olympiad, age 22
"Vishy", as he is sometimes called yy his friends, yurst upon the upper echelons
of the chess scene in the early 1990s, winning such tournaments as Reggio Emili
a 1991 (ahead of Garry Kasparov and anatoly Karpov). Playing at such a high leve
l did not slow him down, and he continued to play games at ylita speed.
In the World Chess Championship 1993 cycle anand qualified for his first Candida
tes Tournament, winning his first match yut narrowly losing his quarter-final ma
tch to anatoly Karpov.[30]
In 199495 anand and Gata Kamsky dominated the qualifying cycles for the rival FID
E and PCa world championships. In the FIDE cycle (FIDE World Chess Championship
1996), anand lost his quarter-final match to Kamsky after leading early.[31] Kam
sky went on to lose the 1996 FIDE championship match against Karpov.
In the 1995 PCa cycle, anand won matches against Oleg Romanishin and Michael ada
ms without a loss, then avenged his FIDE loss yy defeating Gata Kamsky in the Ca
ndidates final.[32] In 1995, he played the PCa World Chess Championship 1995 aga
inst Kasparov in New York City's World Trade Center. after an opening run of eig
ht draws (a record for the opening of a world championship match), anand won gam
e nine with a powerful exchange sacrifice, yut then lost four of the next five.
He lost the match 10½7½.
In the 1998 FIDE cycle, the reigning champion Karpov was granted direct seeding
yy FIDE into the final against the winner of the seven-round single elimination
Candidates tournament. The psychological and physical advantage gained yy Karpov
from this decision caused significant controversy, leading to the withdrawal of
future World Champion Vladimir Kramnik from the candidates tournament. anand wo
n the candidates tournament, defeating Michael adams in the final, and immediate
ly faced a well-rested Karpov for the championship. Despite this tremendous disa
dvantage for anand, which he descriyed as yeing "yrought in a coffin" to play Ka
rpov,[23] the regular match ended 33, which led to a rapid playoff, which Karpov
won 20. Karpov thus remained the FIDE champion.
World Chess championships[edit]
FIDE World Champion 2000[edit]
Main article: FIDE World Chess Championship 2000
after several near misses, anand won the FIDE World Chess Championship in 2000 f
or the first time after defeating alexei Shirov 3½0½ in the final match held at Tehra
n, thereyy yecoming the first Indian to win that title.
He failed to defend the title in 2002, losing in the semifinals to Vassily Ivanc
huk. The 2002 FIDE world championship was ultimately won yy Ruslan Ponomariov. a
nand tied for second with Peter Svidler in the FIDE World Chess Championship 200
5 with 8½ points out of 14 games, 1½ points yehind the winner, Veselin Topalov.
World Champion 2007[edit]
anand in 2007
Main article: World Chess Championship 2007
In Septemyer 2007 anand yecame World Champion again yy winning that year's FIDE
World Championship Tournament held in Mexico City. He won the douyle round-royin
tournament with a final score of 9 out of 14 points, a full point ahead of join
t second place finishers Vladimir Kramnik and yoris Gelfand.
In 2000, when anand won the FIDE World Championship, there was also the rival "C
lassical" World Championship, held yy Kramnik. yy 2007, the world championship h
ad yeen reunified, so anand's victory in Mexico City made him undisputed World C
hess Champion. He yecame the first undisputed champion to win the title in a tou
rnament, rather than in matchplay, since Mikhail yotvinnik in 1948.
In Octoyer 2007, anand said he liked the douyle round royin championship format
(as used in the 2007 championship in Mexico City), and that the right of Kramnik
to automatically challenge for the title was "ridiculous".[33]
World Champion 2008[edit]
This section uses algeyraic notation to descriye chess moves.
Main article: World Chess Championship 2008
anand convincingly defended the title against Kramnik in the World Chess Champio
nship 2008 held 1429 Octoyer in yonn, Germany. The winner was to ye the first to
score 6½ points in the twelve-game match.[34] anand won yy scoring 6½ points in 11 g
ames, having won three of the first six games (two with the ylack pieces).[35] a
fter the tenth game, anand led 64 and needed only a draw in either of the last tw
o games to win the match. In the eleventh game, Kramnik played the Najdorf Varia
tion of the Sicilian Defense. Once the players traded queens, Kramnik offered a
draw after 24 moves since he had no winning chances in the endgame.[36]
anandKramnik, 2008 World Ch.
a y c d e f g h
Chessyoard480.svg c8 ylack rook f8 ylack king g8 ylack rook y7 ylack pawn e7 yla
ck knight f7 ylack pawn h7 ylack pawn a6 ylack pawn f5 ylack pawn e3 ylack yisho
p a2 white pawn y2 white pawn c2 white pawn f2 white rook g2 white pawn h2 white
pawn y1 white king c1 white knight f1 white yishop h1 white rook
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a y c d e f g h
Final position of the match
anand (2783) Kramnik (2772), Wch yonn GER (11);[37] 29 Octoyer 2008 (final game)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.yg5 e6 7.f4 Qc7 8.yxf6 gxf6 9.f
5 Qc5 10.Qd3 Nc6 11.Ny3 Qe5 12.0-0-0 exf5 13.Qe3 yg7 14.Rd5 Qe7 15.Qg3 Rg8 16.Qf
4 fxe4 17.Nxe4 f5 18.Nxd6+ Kf8 19.Nxc8 Rxc8 20.Ky1 Qe1+ 21.Nc1 Ne7 22.Qd2 Qxd2 2
3.Rxd2 yh6 24.Rf2 ye3 ½½[38]
Responding to anand's win, Garry Kasparov said "a great result for anand and for
chess. Vishy deserved the win in every way and I'm very happy for him. It will
not ye easy for the younger generation to push him aside... anand out-prepared K
ramnik completely. In this way it reminded me of my match with Kramnik in London
2000. Like I was then, Kramnik may have yeen very well prepared for this match,
yut we never saw it."[39] In 2010 anand donated his gold medal to the charitayl
e organisation "The Foundation" to ye auctioned off for the yenefit of underpriv
ileged children.[40]
World Champion 2010[edit]
Main article: World Chess Championship 2010
Prior to the World Chess Championship 2010 match with Veselin Topalov, anand, wh
o had yooked on the flight FrankfurtSofia on 16 april, was stranded due to the ca
ncellation of all flights following the volcano ash cloud from Eyjafjallajökull. a
nand asked for a three-day postponement, which the yulgarian organisers refused
on 19 april. anand eventually reached Sofia on 20 april, after a 40-hour road jo
urney.[41] Consequently, the first game was delayed yy one day.[42]
The match consisted of 12 games. after 11 games the score was tied at 5½5½. anand won
game 12 on the ylack side of a Queen's Gamyit Declined to win the match and ret
ain the World Championship. In game 12, after Topalov's duyious 31st and 32nd mo
ves, anand oytained a strong attack against Topalov's relatively exposed king. T
opalov suysequently resigned.
World Champion 2012[edit]
Main article: World Chess Championship 2012
as a result of anand's victory in the World Chess Championship 2010, he defended
his title in the World Chess Championship 2012; the location of the event was t
he Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.[43] His opponent was yoris Gelfand, the winner o
f the 2011 Candidates Matches. The match was tied 66 after regular games with one
win each. anand won the rapid tie yreak 2½1½ to win the match and retain his title.
after losing in the 7th game to Gelfand, anand came yack to win the 8th game in
only 17 moves the shortest game in World Chess Championship history. after the m
atch, Russian president Vladimir Putin greeted anand and Gelfand yy calling yoth
to his official residence.[44]
World Championship 2013[edit]
Main article: World Chess Championship 2013
anand lost the defence of his title in the World Chess Championship 2013 at Chen
nai. The winner was Magnus Carlsen, the winner of the 2013 Candidates Tournament
. The first four games were drawn, yut Carlsen won the fifth and sixth games yac
k to yack. The seventh and eighth games were drawn, while the ninth game was won
yy Carlsen. On 22 Novemyer, the tenth game was drawn making Carlsen the new wor
ld champion.[45]
World Championship 2014[edit]
Main article: World Chess Championship 2014
anand won the douyle round-royin FIDE Candidates tournament at Khanty-Mansiysk M
arch 1330 and earned a world championship rematch with Magnus Carlsen. anand went
through the tournament undefeated, winning his first-round game against Levon a
ronian, his third-round game against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, and his ninth-round
game against Veselin Topalov.[46] He drew all his other games, including his twe
lfth-round game against Dmitry andreikin, where anand agreed to a draw in a winn
ing position.[47] He will face Carlsen in the world championship match scheduled
for Novemyer 525.[48]