Born December 11, 1969 in Chennai, is an Indian chess grandmaster and former FIDE world
champion. In the October 2006 FIDE Elo rating list, Anand has a rating of 2779, making him
the number two in the world (after Veselin Topalov). Anand is one of only four players in
history to break the 2800 mark on the FIDE rating list (Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik
and Topalov are the others), and he has been among the top three ranked players in
classical time control chess in the world continuously since 1994.
World Chess Champion
After several near misses, Anand finally won the FIDE World Chess Championship in 2000
after defeating Alexei Shirov 3.5 - 0.5 in the final match held at Teheran, thereby
becoming the first Indian to win that title. He lost the title when Ruslan Ponomariov won
the FIDE knockout tournament in 2002. He tied for second with Peter Svidler in the FIDE
World Chess Championship 2005 with 8.5 points out of 14 games, lagging 1.5 points behind
the winner, Veselin Topalov.
Anand has received many awards.
- Arjuna award for Outstanding Indian Sportsman in Chess in 1985
- Padma Shri Award in 1987
- The inaugural Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in the year 1991-1992.
- Padma Bhushan in 2000
- Chess Oscar (1997, 1998, 2003 and 2004)
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