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Birthday special: Interesting trivia on Viswanathan Anand

On India’s chess king Viswanathan Anand’s birthday, we bring to you some interesting facts about the former world chess champion.

Viswanathan Anand
Viswanathan Anand. Pic/ AFP-Getty Images

  • Viswanathan Anand is a five time World Chess Champion. He won it 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

  • He is India’s first Chess Grandmaster. He earned the title in 1988.

  • He is also the first Asian player to win the World Chess Championship.

  • Anand remains the only world chess champ to win the championship title playing in all formats such as a tournament, knockout and match.

  • Viswanathan Anand is fondly called 'Vishy' and is known as the 'Tiger from Chennai'.

  • He is known to be the finest rapid chess player of his generation.

  • Anand has won the Chess Oscar on six occassions (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008).

  • He has also won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1991-92.

  • Viswanathan was the first Indian sports player in history to win the Padma Vibhushan award in 2007.

  • He held the no. 1 rank in chess championship four times (2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011).

  • He is currently ranked 6th in the FIDE World Chess Championship rankings.

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