Viswanathan “Vishy” Anand (born 11 December 1969) is an Indian chess Grandmaster and a former World Chess Champion. Anand became India’s first grandmaster in 1988. He held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002. He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. He then defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov and in the World Chess Championship 2012 against Boris Gelfand. In the World Chess Championship 2013 he lost to challenger Magnus Carlsen and he lost again to Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2014.
Anand competed in the 4th Sinquefield Cup, the third leg of the 2016 Grand Chess Tour. This specific tournament was held in the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in St. Louis, Missouri, from August 4th to 17th, 2016. Similar to the Paris and Leuven Grand Chess Tour Rapid and Blitz events, this tournament featured the 9 overall Grand Chess Tour participants and 1 wild-card in a 9 round single-round robin tournament. The wild card in this tournament was Ding Liren. Anand tied for 2nd place – with Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, and Veselin Topalov – behind winner Wesley So.
Born: December 11, 1969 (age 44), Mayiladuthurai, India
- Full name: Viswanathan Anand
- Awards: Padma Vibhushan, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna,
Chess Oscar, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Arjuna Award for Chess
Anand is one of six players in history to break the 2800 mark on the FIDE rating list, and in April 2007 at the age of 37, he became the world number one for the first time. He was at the top of the world rankings five out of six times, from April 2007 to July 2008, holding the number-one ranking for a total of 15 months. In October 2008, he dropped out of the world top three ranking for the first time since July 1996. Anand regained the world number one ranking on the November 2010 list, but had to concede the top spot back to Carlsen in July 2011.
|Full name||Viswanathan Anand|
|Born||11 December 1969 (age 44)
Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India
|World Champion||2000–02 (FIDE)
|FIDE rating||2773 (December 2013)|
|Peak rating||2817 (March 2011)|
|Ranking||No. 9 (December 2013)|
|Peak ranking||No. 1 (July 2008)|
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