GM Viswanathan Anand

Full name
Viswanathan Anand
Born
Dec 11, 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth
Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Federation
India
Profiles

Known as the “Tiger of Madras”, Viswanathan Anand has played for the World Championship 8(!) different times, winning 5 of these matches and being the reigning champion from 2007-2013. Known for his extremely quick speed of play, Anand was a prodigy who had a spectacular rise to the top of the world’s elite in a short time. One of the greatest players in the history of chess, Anand continues to be one of the elite players in the world.

Viswanathan Anand learned to play chess when he was 6 years old and skyrocketed through the chess stratosphere. At the age of 14 he scored a perfect 9/9 in the National Junior Chess Championship. When he was 15 he became the youngest Indian to be awarded the International Master title and at the age of 18 he became India’s first Grandmaster. Anand was known for playing very quickly in his games and not sacrificing the quality of his play at the same time. At the beginning of the 1990s, “Vishy” exploded onto elite chess scene, winning tournaments ahead of top players and qualified to play against Garry Kasparov in the 1995 World Championship and Anatoly Karpov in the 1998 World Championship. He lost these matches but a few years later in 2000 he defeated Alexei Shirov to win the title of World Champion for the first time. It wasn’t until 2007 that his reign as World Champion fully started though. It was in this year that he won the World Championship over 7 other players in a tournament and reigned as World Champion until 2013 when he lost to Magnus Carlsen. Anand continues to be rated among the top 10 players in the world.

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White Pieces
Giuoco Piano Game (39) : C50 C53
Petrov's Defense (88) : C42 C43
Pirc Defense (35) : B07 B09 B08
Nimzowitsch Defense (1) : B00
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (4) : B06
King's Indian Attack (10) : A07
Reti Opening (11) : A04 A05 A09
Torre Attack (1) : A48
Scandinavian Defense (11) : B01
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (2) : B00
Modern Defense (23) : B06 A42
Italian Game (8) : C55 C50 C57
Bishop's Opening (5) : C28 C24 C23
Queen's Indian Defense (27) : E15 E12 E18 E17
Dutch Defense (10) : A81 A90 A96
Alekhine Defense (20) : B04 B05
Four Knights Game (5) : C48 C49
Bogo-Indian Defense (6) : E11
Gruenfeld Defense (25) : D97 D94 D85 D80 D96 D83
Queen's Gambit Accepted (8) : D20 D27 D21 D26
Indian Game (9) : A50 E10 A46
Semi-Slav Defense (16) : D47 D45 D43 D44 D48
Benoni Defense (4) : A56 A75
Tarrasch Defense (4) : D32 D34
Queen's Pawn Opening (4) : A41 A40 D02 D00
Scotch Game (3) : C45
Catalan Opening (10) : E01 E04 E00 E05
Philidor Defense (6) : C41
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D73 D71
Colle System (1) : D05
Trompowsky Attack (1) : A45
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (1) : A57
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Vienna Game (2) : C27 C29
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00
Black Pieces
Petrov's Defense (44) : C42 C43
King's Gambit Accepted (4) : C33 C39 C36
Giuoco Piano Game (45) : C50 C53 C54 C52 C51
Queen's Pawn Opening (29) : D02 D00 D03 A40 A41
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (8) : A01
King's Indian Attack (44) : A07 A08
Scotch Game (11) : C45
Reti Opening (32) : A06 A04 A09 A05
Catalan Opening (48) : E03 E01 E04 E00 E05
Queen's Indian Defense (116) : E15 E14 E12 E19 E17 E18
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C20
Bogo-Indian Defense (15) : E11
Trompowsky Attack (5) : A45
Vienna Game (3) : C26 C25 C29
Ponziani Opening (4) : C44
Four Knights Game (9) : C47 C49 C48
Bishop's Opening (5) : C26 C24 C28
Colle System (3) : D04 D05
Benoni Defense (5) : A61 A60 A56 A57
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (8) : D78 D71 D73 D79
Undefined (1) : A00
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Torre Attack (5) : A46 A48
Benko Gambit Declined (2) : A57
Hungarian Opening (2) : A00
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (5) : D70
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Modern Defense (3) : B06 A41 A40
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Center Game Accepted (1) : C22
Pirc Defense (10) : B08 B09 B07
Dutch Defense (3) : A80 A81
Old Indian Defense (4) : A54 A53
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
London System (1) : A48

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