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(King of the Chess World)
Grand master Vishwanathan Anand is the man who brought Indian Chess revolution. He has stamped his authority on the chequered game of 64 squares by bringing the long awaited word Chess title to India.
The Indian maestro popularity known as Vishy is the tiger from Chennai. He learnt Chess at the tender age of 6 from his mother while in Philippines. He became the youngest national champion at the age of 16 and in 1987, he became the first Asian to win the World Junior Championship.
Vishy is a gentleman and sportsman of India. He plays Chess with lightning speed. He always has the quest for excellence. He dedicates his victory to his family, especially his mother and wife. He is very cool and nice gentleman.
Anand has been awarded many prestigious titles in India including the Aijuna Award, Padmashri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the Soviet Nehru Award and ‘Piadma Bhusan’. He was also conferred the prestigious International Chess Oscars for two successive years. Anand is the first Asian to become Chess Oscar winner. He has made the whole country proud by winning the world championship. It is historic and remarkable triumph for our country. His grand success will inspire country’s youth for achieving excellence in the field of sports.
In the April 2007 FIDE E10 rating list, Anand was ranked first in the world for the first time.