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Anand, Viswanathan

Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand, born on Dec 11, 1969,in chennai india is India's first Grandmaster (1988, at the age of 18) who won the World Junior Championship in 1987.  In 1983, he won the National Sub-Junior Chess Championship with a perfect 9 out of 9 score.  In 1984, he became the youngest Indian to earn the International Master title at the age of 15.  In 1985, he won the championship of India at the age of 16.  He has won the championship of India three times.  In 1995 he played Kasparov for the world Professional Chess Association (PCA) championship in New York (World Trade Center) and lost after 1 win, 13 draws and 4 losses.  In 1998 he lost to Karpov for the FIDE World Chess Championship.  In 1998, he won the strongest Linares tournament ever (average rating of 2752).  In 2000 he won the FIDE World Chess Championship held in Teheran (defeating Alexey Shirov) and became the 15th official world chess champion and the first Asian to win the title.  He defeated Shirov in the final match with 3 wins and 1 draw.  He held the title for two years.  In 2002, Ruslan Ponomariov won the world FIDE championship in Moscow.  In 2003, he won the FIDE World Rapid Chess Championship.  He has won the Melody Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Championships in 1994, 1997, 2003, 2005, and 2006.  He was ranked #1 in the world in November 2004.  In 2005, he tied for 2nd with Peter Svidler in the FIDE World Championship, won by Veselin Topalov.  His highest rating has been 2833.  In 2007, he won at Linares.  In April 2007, he was ranked #1 in the world.  His current Elo rating is 2792.  He has won the Chess Oscar four times (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004).

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