Vishwanathan Anand

Vishwanathan Anand

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 Vishwanathan Anand  

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A man with a wonderful mind who has won millions of heart is none other than Grand master Viswanathan Anand, also known as “Vishy, The tiger from Madras”. A Marvelous chess player, who started playing from a young age of 6. In his journey from India’s sub-junior chess champion at 13 he has seen the heights of being India’s first Grand master is still sparkling with vivid colors.

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Born on December 11, 1969 in Chennai to Krishnamurthy Viswanathan and Susheela. His father is a retired general manager, Southern Railways and his mother Susheela, is a housewife and chess/film/club aficionado and an influential socialite. Anand has done his schooling from Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Egmore, Chennai and finished his B.Com from Loyola College in Chennai.  Since his childhood he has been an active person in myriad ways. In college and school the teachers even used to make notes for him so that he could write the exams and not miss too much. Mr. Viswanathan Anand recalls his school days In the Philippines when he was selected to participate in a play and he had to be the villain. When the play started he was to jump on the stage and kill the guy. After jumping on the stage he forgot which person he was to kill and the person who was to be his victim took the knife from his hand, poked himself and fell down! Young Viswanathan Anand was so shocked that he started laughing. Needless to say he didn’t consider acting...But took to chess.

Like any other person Mr. Viswananthan Anand’s life is full of twists n trails. While he was in college he thought he would do engineering as his father and brother were engineers. On second thought he thought of finance or wildlife photography. 

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Mr. Viswanathan Anand started playing chess at the young age of 6. He learned the game from his mother because his siblings did not have the patience to play chess with him. His mother taught him how to play. In fact, she used to do a lot for his chess. His family moved to the Philippines. There they had a TV program that was on in the afternoon, when he was in school. So his mother would write down all the games that they showed and the puzzles, and in the evening they solved them together and sent in the answers. They gave the prize of a book to the winner. Over the course of many months, Vishwananathan Ananad won so many prizes.

His parents could see his exceptional memory power and an ability to grasp things fast which made him excel in Chess. They encouraged him and used to take him to the Tal Chess club. 

He has won many titles right from a young age. The first prize money Mr. Viswanathan Anand won as a child was 10 rupees. Every week there used to be a blitz event at the chess club and this was the first prize. He would go and get himself a triple sundae. Just like how a tiger starts hunting once it tastes blood, Mr. Viswanathan Anand also never looked back after his first win. 

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Anand became India's Sub- Junior Chess Champion at 13 and at sixteen he became the National Champion. In 1987, he became the first Asian to win the World Junior Chess Championship at Baguio City, Philippines and in 1988, at the age of eighteen, Anand became India's first Grandmaster. The list goes long here after and there are still many more awards to be achieved.

There is no doubt about from where Mr. Vishwananthan Anand imbibed the kind of humility and simplicity that is hard to find among other sportspersons. He may be World champion, yet remains the same, warm person with a disarming smile that makes him true youth icon of India. One can experience the same warmth from his parents too.

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