Viswanathan Anand: Profile of a chess champion
Posted on: 03:54 PM IST May 31, 2012
Viswanathan Anand, the Indian ace, won his fifth World Chess Championship title beating Israel's Boris Gelfand in Moscow on Wednesday.
Viswanathan Anand bioBorn: 11 December 1969Title: Grandmaster (1998)World Champion: 2000-02, 2007 present (Undisputed)FIDE Rating: 2971 (May 2012)4th Highest rated Chess Player One of six players in history to break the 2800 mark Anand became India's first grandmaster in 1987He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 199192In 2007, awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award in Indian historyMost versatile world champion ever, since Anand is the only player to have won the world chess championships in many formats including Tournament, Match, Rapid, and Knockout chessVladimir Kramnik: "I always considered him to be a colossal talent, one of the greatest in the whole history of chess", "I think that in terms of play Anand is in no way weaker than Kasparov"Anand was denied an honorary doctorate from University of Hyderabad because of confusion over his citizenship status, however later Kapil Sibal, Minister of Human Resource Development apologizedAnand was the only sportsperson to have been invited for the dinner hosted by the Indian PM Manmohan Singh for US President Barack Obama on November 7, 2010.
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