Viswanathan Anand

  • GM thamizhan
  • | May 13, 2010

In the month of “Chithirai”, 27th day, 2010 (for information about the Tamil calendar you can see the following link, ) in Sofia, Bulgaria, Mother India danced with pride and in her forehead the rich and green Tamil Nadu shines with glory and its fresh fragrence referred to as Mother Tamizh is extremely proud of her son, Viswanathan Anand's unparalleled accomplishment in winning the world chess championship even more than when he was born.

For the past twenty five years and more, Viswanathan Anand has been making his country, India and his fellow Tamilians proud by his achievements and today I would like to write something about him in my sweet native language, Tamil.


Anand has defeated Topalov from Bulgaria to claim the world chess champion title for the fourth time in his career. At this auspicious occasion I am extremely happy that the website has given me a chance to write about this champion in his mother tongue.


This match consisted of twelve games and each game took about six hours between these two strong chess players. Thousands and thousands of viewers all over the world watched the games live online and enjoyed the match. At the end of the eleventh round the scores were tied at 5.5 each and that made the match even more nail-biting going into the last round. Even though Anand had the black pieces in the last game, he managed to play with the precision of a computer to capitalize on Topalov's mistake and win the world championship title in style.


The volcano which erupted in iceland recently had created a huge smoke cloud that stopped all flights in and out of Europe. Anand, Aruna and his team of seconds arrived in Frankfurt without having any idea about this major setback caused by mother nature. A flight journey that should not have lasted 2 hours, ended up being more than a 40 hour road journey in a van. Also there were so many of his supporters who did not approve of his decision to play this match in Sofia, Topalov's home town and they felt the match should have taken place in a neutral country. Anand's victory despite all these problems only reminds me of a beautiful poem by Mahakavi (meaning a great poet) Bharathiyar's poem which translates to


Even when the sky above is falling down, Never Fear!

Even when the whole world is against you, Never Fear!


I would like to share some of the turning points of the second half of the match.

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  • 3 years ago


    good game

  • 4 years ago


    graeat game

  • 6 years ago


    Tamil vazhgai. Jai hind. Anand is the best player ever produced. I'm very proud to be a Tamilian but i get more pride in being an Indian.
  • 7 years ago


    A great match played by two of the world's strongest chess players.

    When we review this WCC we will realize that all the pregame drama etc. actually makes these games that more interesting. Topalov's character and aggressive play, actually added fuel to the fire that made these games exciting. I am glad that Anand the last game...with the black pieces none the less.

    I also hope that Magnus will face him next...boy will that be an exciting match. 

  • 7 years ago


    They both are truly great players, Its just matches has to have a winner. Kudos to them

  • 7 years ago


    Anand played exceptionally well. Way to go! I hope the next WCC Match is going to be as good as this. I would have liked it if there were more decisive games but hey, its grandmaster play. You cannot expect decisive games every round, some draws will be there. But hopefully next WCC Match there will be more decisive ones.

    I think Magnus Carlsen will mostly likely be the challenger for the WCC Title against Anand. He is playing very good.

  • 7 years ago


    Because of his humility, Anand is one of the greatest chess players...

  • 7 years ago


    Once again, congrats to Anand for winning this great match.

    As for chesstyrant's comments, conspiracy theories are better left elsewhere. Since when the Bulgarian Chess Federation has authority over the electric circuit of half the city? Maybe an engineer (GM at night) cut the wires? As for the Sofia rule, during this match it was not a rule, it was a principle in which Topalov played by his own choice, and a principle that led to one remarkable match.

    I don't know why you turn everything into "good vs. evil". Leave your Hollywood (or Bollywood) perceptions of the world at the door. The fact is that the Bulgarian Chess Federation is one of the most active federation in Europe, despite the nation's small size, and contributed more to chess than many others. It organized this great match, for example, when other federations (like, say, the Indian Chess Federation) did not even bothered even when they were asked to host half the match.

    "This gentleman doesn't know how to complain," you say, and yet you do!

  • 7 years ago


    Read a brief account of Anand's journey by one of his team members here:

  • 7 years ago


    chesstyrant: Are you mad? Have some detachment.

  • 7 years ago


    hey @   ccpls   u can check out live chess ratin here ---

  • 7 years ago


    "I understand how this could win some national pride for one's country but there needs to be a more political sense of sportsmanship here. This article is just adding more salt on heavy wounds."

    Take it easy, it's an article celebrating a win.  Of course they're going to mention how he won, and that his country is proud of him.  Just because Indian writers write differently doesn't mean it's offensive.  There's nothing in there that Topalov would be offended about, he's a man who can take the fact that he lost.  I know it's a hard concept to grasp, but not everyone thinks like a sissy.

  • 7 years ago


    They change just according to the rules of the ratings.  Every game gives you a + or - based on the rating of the other player.  This was 12 games, and each game has it's own rating adjustment.  Since there were many draws and Topalov's rating was higher, I imagine Anand's went up and Topalov's down, but since Anand was only one decisive game ahead, I very much doubt he climbed above Topalov.  The championship or this match's decision has zero effect on ratings.

  • 7 years ago


    would the ratings of the two players change if yes then by how much? 

  • 7 years ago


    Hopefully I got it right.

  • 7 years ago


    It's shocking how much different cultures have in common with one another.  For example, my response to American victory in a chess tournament is to dance with pride in MY forehead too!  

  • 7 years ago


    Good article. Will need more time to study it in detail. Have you noticed how chess appears to throw up champions from economically advanced societies or ones that are emerging? One might argue about Cuba and Capablanca - but this seems to be a trend.

  • 7 years ago



    How dud they?? Bobby Fischer was a autistic person who was extraordinary. After all he beat the soviets in their game. How cud Americans leave him???

  • 7 years ago


    Congratulations, Mr. Anand! What an exciting match. All of India should be proud. Nothing wrong with that.

  • 7 years ago


    in response to 47.Rf7+ Kg6 48.Rg7+ Kxf5 49.Rxg4 hxg4 50.Kxg2 Ke4

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