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Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand turns 52

Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand turns 52

Vishwanathan Anand

The five-time World Champion in Chess Viswanathan Anand turns 52 who was born on December 11, 1969, in Chennai, the Indian grandmaster has won the FIDE (international chess federation) world championship in 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012.

He is the first Indian chess player who became a grandmaster in 1988 at the age of 19. “Birthday greetings to the former world champion and Indian Chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand Ji. May you be blessed with good health and long life,” Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Twitter.

Vishwanathan Anand is said to be one of the few players who have surpassed an Elo rating of 2800, a feat he achieved in 2006. Viswanathan developed an interest in chess at the age of 6 because of his mother Susheela and a family friend Deepa Ramakrishnan. His mother was a chess player and he learnt the game from her.

Viswanathan is the youngest Indian to win the title of International Master at the age of 15, in 1984. At the age of 16, he became the National Chess Champion.

He has been accredited with the highest honours awarded by the government of India including Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Arjuna Award and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Apart from these, he has also bagged several international honours.

Vishwanathan Anand was a role model for most of the children in the ’90s.

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