Viswanathan Anand, born on 11th December 1969 is an Indian chess Grandmaster and the current World Chess Champion. Anand held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002, at a time when the world title was split. He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. With this win, he became the first player in chess history to have won the World Championship in three different formats: Knockout, Tournament, and Match. He will next defend his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov, the winner of a challenger match against Gata Kamsky in February 2009. Anand is one of five players in history to break the 2800 mark on the FIDE rating list. He was at the top of the world rankings five out of six times, from April 2007 to July 2008. In October 2008, he dropped out of the world top three ranking for the first time since July 1996. In 2007 he was awarded India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan. He is also the first recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India’s highest sporting honour.
- 1983 National Sub-Junior Chess Champion
- 1984 Asian Junior Champion 1984 International Master
- 1985 Indian National Champion 1987 World Junior Chess Champion
- 1988 Grandmaster 1990 Asian Champion
- 2000 FIDE World Chess Champion
- 2000 World Blitz Chess Champion
- 2003 FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion
- 2007 World Chess Champion (Undisputed)
- 2008 World Chess Champion (Undisputed)
- Arjuna award for Outstanding Indian Sportsman in Chess in 1985
- Padma Shri, National Citizens Award and Soviet Land Nehru Award in 1987
- The inaugural Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, India’s highest sporting honor in the year 1991–1992.
- British Chess Federation ‘Book of the Year’ Award in 1998 for his book My Best Games of Chess
- Padma Bhushan in 2000
- Jameo de Oro the highest honour given by the Government of Lanzarote in Spain on 25 April 2001.
- Chess Oscar (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008)
- Sportstar Millennium Award in 1998, from India’s premier Sports magazine for being the sport person of the millennium
- Padma Vibhushan in 2007
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