Aruna & Vishy Anand proud parents of baby boy

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Aruna & Vishy Anand proud parents of baby boyOn Saturday morning, April 9th Aruna Anand, the wife of World Champion Vishy Anand, gave birth to a son. Mother and child are doing well. The name of the baby is not known yet.

Aruna Anand is often to be found reading a book, in a hotel lobby or a press room, while her husband is playing in a chess tournament. However, since last summer she didn't accompany him to tournaments in Bilbao, Nanjing, London, Wijk aan Zee and Monaco.

During the Tata Steel tournament in January we were told that Aruna was expecting a baby. At the end of the Amber tournament, when everyone said goodbye to each other for the last time, Vishy received many wishes of good luck. Just sixteen days later he became the proud father of a baby boy.

The baby was born on Saturday morning, April 9th, in Chennai, India. Vishy quickly called his good friend Hans-Walter Schmitt, the organizer of dozens of chess tournaments in Mainz. "That was so wonderful, that he immediately picked up the phone to tell me the news," Schmitt told us. "I also spoke to Aruna. Everything is OK with mother and child." The name of the baby boy is not known yet.

Hans-Walter Schmitt's chess organization is called Chess Tigers. On their website the news was published quickly on Saturday. Our translation from German:

In the early morning hours of 9 April, Aruna and Viswanathan Anand saw the greatest miracle that can be given a couple - they became parents of a healthy son! Few knew anything about this, and all the more delighted was Upper Tiger Hans-Walter Schmitt, when he was on the phone with the father and mother (!) only a few minutes ago, as they informed him of the good news from their home town of Chennai. Surely now all the fans who had hoped in vain to see the World Champion playing for Baden-Baden in today's final against Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, have every sympathy that they will have to do without Anand. We congratulate the Anand family with all our heart and we're just very excited what the name of the baby boy will be. We'll keep you up to date and wait impatiently like everyone else for the first pictures.


Aruna & Vishy Anand proud parents of baby boy

Photo: Eric van Reem



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