Vishwanathan Anand

Chess Grandmaster | Five-Time Chess World Chess Champion.


Also known as the 'Fastest brain in the world', Viswanathan Anand is a five-time World Chess Champion, the 15th undisputed chess champion, and undoubtedly the best chess player our country has ever seen. He is the only chess player to win the World Championship titles (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012).

One of the most notable aspects of Anand's career is his career longevity and persistence. At the age of 50, he continues to be among the top 10 chess players on the rating list. He was a candidate for the 1993 and 2016 world chess championships, a glorious 23-years which any other player can hardly match.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Vishwanathan is the first Asian to win the World Championship (2000). He is also the only person in Chess history to win the World Chess Championship title across all formats- match, knocks, and tournament. 

In 1998, Viswanathan Anand became India’s first grandmaster. He is also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (one of India’s highest sporting honours) 1991-1992. In 2017, Anand was awarded the ‘Padma Vibhushan’ (second highest civilian award), making him the first sportsperson to receive the award. He also received the ‘Arjuna Award’ in 1985, ‘Padma Shri’ in 1987 and ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2000.


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Why Vishwanathan Anand?

Anand, also known as the Gentleman Champion in the Chess world, is a spokesperson for children with cerebral palsy. His success has helped reignite the passion for Chess in the country. 

Vishwanathan Anand is the author of seven books, including Mind Master: Winning Lessons from a Champion’s Life (2019). Vishwanath Anand is fluent in German, Spanish, and French. He is involved with the NIIT Mind Champions Academy, a Chess in Schools program in India that has drawn over a million students towards Chess. 

His exceptional career, sportsmanship and persistence makes Vishwanathan Anand a notable and valuable spokesperson and speaker. 

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