Viswanathan Anand (Golfer) Biography, Personal Life, Physical Statistics, Education, Luxuries, Income & More

vishwanathan anand biography

Viswanathan Anand (Golfer) Biography, Personal Life, Physical Statistics, Education, Luxuries, Income & More

Viswanathan Anand is an Indian chess grandmaster who is a former World Chess Champion, and the current World Rapid Chess Champion. He became India’s first grandmaster in 1988, and also held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002 and was the first Asian to achieve that feat. He won the World Rapid Chess Championship in 2003 and 2017. He further became the undeniable World Champion in 2007 and in 2008.

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Personal Life

Name: Viswanathan Anand
Vishy, Lightning Kid, Tiger of Madras
Indian Chess Grandmaster, A Former World Chess Champion
December 11, 1969
Birth Place:
Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu
Home Town:
Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu
Home Address: Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Collado Mediano, Spain
Best Friends:
Not Known
Swimming, reading, and listening to music



  • Youngest Indian at the age of 15 to win the Asian Junior Chess Championship with the title ‘International Master’ in Coimbatore.
  • Won the national chess championship two times at the age of sixteen.
  • First Indian to win the World Junior Chess Championship in 1987.
  • India’s first Grandmaster, at the age of 18, won the Shakti Finance International chess tournament held in Coimbatore, India in 1988.
  • Won the reunified ‘World Chess Championship’ in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
  • First Indian to win the ‘FIDE World Chess Championship’ in Tehran in 2000 and 2007.
  • Acquired the No.1 ranking in the ‘FIDE Elo Rating’ in April 2007.
  • Won the ‘Chess Oscar’ international award in 1997, 1998, 2003, and 2004, 2007 & 2008.
  • Became victorious in ‘Advanced Chess” tournament in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
  • Won the 8th game of the 2012 world chess championship in just 17 moves and made it the shortest game in championship history.


  • 1983: Won the National Sub-Junior Chess Championship with 9/9 scores, at the age of fourteen
  • 1985: Received the ‘Arjuna Award’ by the Indian government
  • 1987: Received the ‘Padma Shri’ at the age of eighteen only
  • 1987: Received the ‘National Citizens’ and ‘Soviet Land Nehru awards’
  • 1992: Won the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award’
  • 1998: Acquired ‘Sportstar Millennium Award’ by the Sportstar magazine
  • 2000: His Elo rating is proved 2817, which is fourth-highest of all times
  • 2003: Won the ‘World Rapid Chess Championship’
  • 2007: Honoured with the ‘Padma Vibhushan’ by the Indian Government

Physical Statistics

Height: 175 centimetres
75 kilograms
Not Known
Hair Color:


Marital Status: Married
GF: Not Known
Krishnamurthy Viswanathan (a retired general manager from Southern Railways)
Mother: Susila
Brother/Sister: Shivakumar (Manager at Crompton Greaves, India), Anuradha (Professor at the University of Michigan, United States)


School: Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Egmore, Chennai
College (Graduation): Loyola College, Chennai
College (Post-Graduation):
Not Attended
Educational Qualification:
A Degree in Bachelor of Commerce


Cars: BMW and Range Rover
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Net Income: $470 Million (estimate)

Likes/ Dislikes

Film: Not Known
Actor: Not Known
Actress: Not Known
Song: Not Known
Chess Player: Bobby Fischer

More Information and Facts about Viswanathan Anand

  • In April 2006, Anand became the fourth player ever to pass the 2800 Elo mark on the FIDE rating list, after Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov. He stayed at the number one position for 21 months, the 6th longest on record.
  • Anand was the first one to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92.
  • In 2007, he was the first sportsperson to be awarded the Padma Vibhushan.
  • In August 2010, Anand joined the board of directors of Olympic Gold Quest which is a foundation for encouraging and assisting India’s elite sportspersons and prospective young talent.
  • On 24 December 2010 Anand was guest of honour at the Gujarat University, where 20,486 players created a new world record of simultaneous chess play at a single venue.
  • Anand was the lone sportsperson to be summoned for the dinner hosted by the Indian PM Manmohan Singh for US President Barack Obama in November 2010.
  • In the World Chess Championship 1993 cycle Anand qualified for his first Candidates Tournament, winning his first match.
  • In 1994–95 Anand and Gata Kamsky conquered the qualifying cycles for the rival FIDE and PCA world championships.
  • Anand won three consecutive Advanced Chess tournaments in Leon, Spain, and is widely documented as the world’s best Advanced Chess player, where humans may consult a computer to aid in their calculation of variations.
  • Viswanathan Anand game collection, My Best Games of Chess, was published in the year 1998 and was updated in 2001.
  • Anand’s tournament successes comprise the Corus chess tournament in 2006 (tied with Veselin Topalov), Dortmund in 2004, and Linares in 2007 and 2008.
  • He has won the annual event Monaco Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Championships in 1994, 1997, 2003, 2005 and 2006.
  • He is the first player to have won five titles of the Corus chess tournament.
  • Viswanathan Anand is the sole player to win the blind and rapid sections of the Amber tournament in 1997 and 2005.
  • He is the first player to have achieved victories in each of the three big chess super tournaments: Corus (1989, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006), Linares (1998, 2007, 2008), and Dortmund (1996, 2000, 2004).
  • In 2007 he won the Grenkeleasing Rapid championship, for the tenth time defeating Armenian GM Levon Aronian.
  • In March 2007, Anand won the Linares chess tournament.
  • Anand won the Mainz 2008 Supertournament Championship earning his eleventh title in that event.
  • Anand tied for second with Peter Svidler in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2005 with 8½ points out of 14 games.


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