The eminent Indian chess player and world chess champion Viswanathan Anand was born in Tamil Nadu in 1969. He became the first grandmaster of India in 1988. Some mind blowing and interesting facts about Anand are not known publicly. These facts are described below by selecting few from the list.
Born with chess playing mother
Viswanathan Anand was born in Tamil Nadu in 1969. His father was a retired Rail Officer and mother was from chess and film background. He is the youngest of the three children of their parents. He has one sister and one brother.
Love towards chess
Viswanathan Anand learned chess from his mother Shuseela who was from chess background. He also took interest in the game from one of their family friend. Gradually, he accepted the game as passion and started loving it.
Won International Master
Viswanathan Anand achieved his first success at the age of 14 and was awarded as an International Master. He was the youngest one to achieve this award. After one year of this achievement, he achieved the award for national chess champion and continued this achievement for next few years.
Achievement of grandmaster of India
Viswanathan Anand was awarded as the world junior chess champion. He was the first Indian to achieve this award. After one year of this achievement, he achieved the title of Grandmaster of India.
Achievement of world championship
In 2000, Viswanathan Anand became the world chess champion and he was the first Indian to achieve this award. The competition was held in Teheran.
The late Bobby Fischer is the idol for Viswanathan Anand for all times. He pays attribute to his idol.
Once he said,” I am really happy I got the chance to meet him before he died in 2008. It was weird as well because I kept having to remind myself that this was Bobby Fischer sitting in front of me!”
Vishy has a planet named after him
He is third chess player after Alexander Alekhine and Anatoly Karpov to have a minor planet (4538 Vishyanand) named after him.
A great humanitarian and a kind person
Anand is as humble and generous as possible he donated his gold medal to the charitable organization ‘The Foundation,’ for cause of underprivileged children.