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Viswanathan Anand: Profile of a chess champion

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May 31, 2012 at 04:11pm IST

Viswanathan Anand, the Indian ace, won his fifth World Chess Championship title beating Israel's Boris Gelfand in Moscow on Wednesday.

Viswanathan Anand bio

Born: 11 December 1969

Viswanathan Anand: Profile of a chess champion

The Indian ace won his fifth World Championship title beating Israel's Boris Gelfand in Moscow on Wednesday.

Title: Grandmaster (1998)

World Champion: 2000-02, 2007 – present (Undisputed)

FIDE Rating: 2971 (May 2012)

4th Highest rated Chess Player

One of six players in history to break the 2800 mark

Anand became India's first grandmaster in 1987

He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92

In 2007, awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award in Indian history

Most versatile world champion ever, since Anand is the only player to have won the world chess championships in many formats including Tournament, Match, Rapid, and Knockout chess

Vladimir Kramnik: "I always considered him to be a colossal talent, one of the greatest in the whole history of chess", "I think that in terms of play Anand is in no way weaker than Kasparov"

Anand was denied an honorary doctorate from University of Hyderabad because of confusion over his citizenship status, however later Kapil Sibal, Minister of Human Resource Development apologized

Anand was the only sportsperson to have been invited for the dinner hosted by the Indian PM Manmohan Singh for US President Barack Obama on November 7, 2010.

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