Viswanathan Anand is a popular Indian chess player and Grandmaster who was the former World Chess Champion. He is considered as one of the greatest chess players in the world. He received several awards, such as Arjuna Award for Chess, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and more.
In this article, we have compiled a list of interesting, mind blowing, lesser known and important facts about Viswanathan Anand. So, let’s read!
11 Interesting, and Mind Blowing Facts About Viswanathan Anand
1. Known as ‘Tiger of Madras’
Due to his domination in chess game, he is widely known as ‘Vishy’ and ‘Tiger of Madras’.
2. 1st Success in Life
He won the National Sub-Junior Chess Championship in 1983 at the age of 14. It was his first national level success and later on, won many national level championships.
3. First Indian in Winning World Junior Chess Champion
It is one of the most interesting facts about Viswanathan Anand that he won the ‘World Junior Chess Champion’ in 1987. He was the first Indian to do so. Later on, he won ‘Shakti Finance International Chess Tournament’ and became the 1st Grandmaster in the history of India.
4. His Idol in Chess Game
Late Bobby Fischer is attributed the best chess player in the history of chess game of all time by Anand. He is considered Fischer as his idol in chess game.
5. Dominated World Chess Game from 2007 to 2013
Anand has dominated the world chess game from 2007 to 2013 by winning the ‘World Chess Championship’ from 2007 to 2013. He is considered as one of the greatest players of all time in chess game.
6. Won Chess Oscar Several Times
‘Chess Oscar’, an award given to the best player in chess game, won by Anand several times. He won this award in 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008.
7. A Best Writer Too
Anand wrote a book called, ‘My Best Games of Chess’ for sharing his chess journey. For this book, the British Chess Foundation awarded ‘Book of the Year’ for his write-up.
8. Won Several Indian Awards by the Government of India
Viswanathan Anand won several awards in India too. At the age of 18, he won India’s prestigious award ‘Padma Shri’. Later on, he became the first Indian sports player for being awarded ‘Padma Vibhushan’ in 2007. In 1991-1992, he was the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
9. Master’s in Many Languages
Anand is a well known sports player who known many languages, such as Spanish, Tamil, French, English, and German. It is one of the most interesting facts about Viswanathan Anand.
10. Nickname of ‘Lightning Kid’
Due to his brilliant mind and lighting speed of thinking, he got the nickname ‘Lightning Kid’. It is one of the lesser known facts about Viswanathan Anand.
11. Planet on His Name
It is one of the lesser known facts about Viswanathan Anand, but a planet in the universe is named after him. It is one of the best and interesting facts about Viswanathan Anand. This minor planet was discovered in 1988.
Article Title: 11 Interesting, and Mind Blowing Facts About Viswanathan Anand
Article first published on November 11, 2016.