(Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand)

(Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand)

Apr 17, 2010, 5:55 PM |

Indian Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand: Destined for Greatness

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Born at the expansive city of Chennai in India, Viswanathan Anand is one of the most reputable chess grandmaster of all time. He is the reigning undisputed World Chess Champion. At the same, he belongs to the elite group of chess players who have successfully surpassed the 2800 barrier of the FIDE rating system. His consistent and tenacious style of play helped him land among the three best players with regards to classical time control chess.

The biggest break of Anand came when he dominated the National Sub-Junior chess championship in his beautiful country. Although he was still just 14 years old then, he showed his countrymen something to be proud of. By the age of 15, he set another national record by winning the International Master Title. There seems to be no stopping Anand from becoming a really great chess player as he continues to pile up one major victory over another.

Anand immediately became a chess grandmaster when he was 18. His first impressive victory came when he won the Reggion Emilia in 1991. This event gave him international recognition by outclassing all time greats Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov. Within that same year, he succumbed to Karpov at the quarterfinals of the FIDE Candidates Tournament. Anand made this defeat a stepping stone towards greater heights.

Anand showed in his various plays in the different chess tournaments that he is indeed destined for greatness. Impressive victories over Gata Kamsky and Michael Adams earned him a finals berth at the Professional Chess Association World Chess Championship. After this, he met Kasparov for a championship game that was held at the World Trade Center in New York. Although he lost this event, Anand continued his dominance and prowess in chess.

The Indian grandmaster's encounter with Kasparov influenced him to enter the world of Advanced Chess tournaments. This type of chess competition allows players to seek help from computers regarding certain calculations. Anand immediately made his presence felt in this field by emerging triumphant in three successive events that were held in Leon, Spain.

Anand is also a recipient of multiple Chess Oscars including one each in 1997, 1998, 2003, and 2004. The Corus 2006, Dortmund 2004, and Linares 2007 are among his most recent successful chess tournaments. Despite all these impressive victories, the Indian chess grandmaster made it really big when he bagged the gold at the 2000 FIDE World Chess Championship. After losing it in 2002, he reclaimed the right to become a champion when he won the 2007 FIDE World Championship Tournament in Mexico.