|Nickname||Vishy, Lightning Kid, Tiger of Madras|
|Profession||Chess Player (five-time world chess champion)|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 175 cm
in meters– 1.75 m
in feet inches– 5’9”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms 75 kg
in pounds– 165 lbs
|Records/Achievements (main ones)||Records
• Youngest Indian (at the age of 15) to win the Asian Junior Chess Championship with the title ‘International Master’ in Coimbatore.
• Won the national chess championship two times at the age of sixteen.
• First Indian to win the World Junior Chess Championship in 1987.
• India’s first Grandmaster, at the age of 18, won the Shakti Finance International chess tournament held in Coimbatore, India in 1988.
• Won the reunified ‘World Chess Championship’ in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
• First Indian to win the ‘FIDE World Chess Championship’ in Tehran in 2000 and 2007.
• Acquired the No.1 ranking in the ‘FIDE Elo Rating’ in April 2007.
|Date of Birth||11 December 1969|
|Age (as of 2020)||51 Years|
|Birthplace||Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu|
|Hometown||Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu|
|School||Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Egmore, Chennai|
|College||Loyola College, Chennai|
|Educational Qualifications||A Degree in Bachelor of Commerce|
|Family||Father– Krishnamurthy Viswanathan (a retired general manager from Southern Railways; died on 15 April 2021 following brief illness)
Mother– Susila (a housewife)
Brother– Shivakumar (a manager at Crompton Greaves in India)
Sister– Anuradha (a professor at the University of Michigan in the United States)
|Address||Chennai, Tamil Nadu,
Collado Mediano, Spain
|Hobbies||Swimming, reading, and listening to music|
|Chess Player||Bobby Fischer
|Book||Carl Sagan’s book on Astronomy|
|Girls, Family & More|
|Children||Son– Akhil (born on 9 April 2011)
|Cars Collection||BMW and Range Rover|
|Rs. 304 crore, $4.5 million|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Viswanathan Anand
- Does Viswanathan Anand smoke?: Not Known
- Does Viswanathan Anand drink alcohol?: Not Known
- At the age of six, he has learned chess from his mother and a family friend Deepa Ramakrishnan.
- During his childhood, he used to finish the game of chess in 15-25 minutes while his contemporaries would take 2-3 hours.
- In order to develop his Chess skills and for further training, he went to the Philippines for one year.
- In 1985, he won the Asian Junior Championship in Hong Kong.
- He declined to accept the honorary doctorate offered by the University of Hyderabad.
- He is skilled in the languages Tamil, English, German, French, and Spanish.
- He likes Moscow, which is considered the home of chess in the world.
- He is the Brand Ambassador of NIIT.
- A minor planet in the universe (discovered in 1988) has been named after him ‘Vishyanand,’ by ‘Michael Rudenko’ working in ‘International Astronomical Union.’
- He has a great interest in the statistics, history, and astronomy.
- He considers his intuition as his best trait.
- He has donated his gold medal to a charitable organization ‘The Foundation’ to help the underprivileged children.
- He authored the book ‘My Best Games of Chess,’ that won the ‘Book of the Year’ award in 1998 by the British Chess Federation.
- In 2010, during a match of International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad, he defeated 39 chess wizards simultaneously; whereas one remained drawn.
- In August 2010, he joined the Olympic Gold Quest’s board of directors.
- To attend the ‘2010 World Chess Championship,’ he travelled 40 hours by road.
- On 7 November 2010, he was invited for a dinner by the former prime minister of India Manmohan Singh with the US President Barack Obama.
- On 24 December 2010, he was invited as a guest of honour by Gujarat University, where a new world record was made by 20,486 chess players who played chess at a single place.
- Indian media channel, ’CNN-IBN,’ has chosen him ‘CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2012’ and Indian Sportsperson of the year.
- In the 2012 World Championship, after 12 matches, his game was tied at 6-6 score against Boris Gelfand but finally, he won the title for the third time with the 2.5-1.5 score.
- He has also proved his victory of the most difficult tournaments in the world like Linares and Dortmund, three times each.
- The Indian state of Tamil Nadu published a booklet with the details of his achievements from 1986 to 2012 in his honour and also awarded him ₹2 crore.
- Russian President ‘Vladimir Putin’ invited him on tea after his victory of ‘2012 World Chess Championship’ in Israel.
- He is a calm, sober, and unassuming person who refrains from politics.