Vishwanathan Anand

Name Anand
Pet Names Baba, Sagara
Nick Names Lightning Kid, vishy-theTiger from Madras
Date of birth 11th December,1969
Born in Chennai
Brought up in Chennai and Manila (Philippines), for a couple of years -the vital stage in his early development in Chess. 
Education Graduation in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai.
Started Chess at The age of 6
Learned Chess from Mother
Current World Ranking No: 2
Marriage June,1996 (arranged by his parents)

Father : Vishwanathan... Retired  General Manager, Southern Railways
Mother : Susheela... housewife
Elder Brother: Shivakumar...  Chief Design Engineer with Crompton Greaves 
Elder sister :Anuradha... teaches at Michigan University,USA  
Wife:Aruna...Graduate in Public Relations

First Tournament L & T Open,Chennai
First  Junior level national Championship won at Vasco-da Gama, Goa ,1984
First  Senior level National championship 1986(youngest winner)
First International Tournament Lloyds Bank Masters,London (1984)
Biggest achievment World Champion-Year 2000
Long time Achievment "One man Indian Chess revolution"
Awards Arjuna Award (1985)
Padmashri(1987,youngest ever recipient)
 National citizens Award(1987) 
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna(1991-92,first ever recipient)
Chess Oscar(1997-98)
Padma Bhushan(1998)
Padma Vibhushan(2001) and many more...
Favourites Food: Thai (all time favourite...Sambar rice, Rasam and egg curry)
Film: Freaks out on comedy. Also likes action 
Music: Abba, Queen, U2, Petshop Boys and also rock 
Actor & Actress:Hasn't watched an Indian movie for ages.Likes Sharon Stone.
Holiday spot: Paris, Spain in general Holland. Jaipur...and enjoys Singapore too.
Pastime:Card game-Rummy.
Asset His lightning speed of play and intuition
Trade Mark Besides his simplicity its his whacky sharp wit
Habit Anand never loses his cool 
Trait 'Baba does loses his cool when he loses a card game.'
Loves Traveling, Reading & the beach 
Pasttime Interests Music, Card games, Books on any subject, Tennis, Swimming, Cycling, Walking, Aerobics
Most Memorable moment Difficult  to single out one.Sometime he meets a fan who is so happy to see him that he has a pleasant feeling the whole day.
Had not been in Chess.. would have loved to be in Fine Arts or Information Technology. 
Ultimate dream Has been fulfilled when he became the World Champion.
Describes himself as Fairly easy going.
Other Interesting Facts vishy is 11 years younger than his sister and 13 years younger than his brother.

He's known to eat portions the size of new-born elephants.

He plays  tournaments eight months in the year.

Endorsed as NIIT's brand ambassador.

He keeps track of what our tennis champions (Paes and Bhupathi) are up to.

He follows international politics very closely.

Resides in Collado Mediano , Spain
Address V.Anand
  No.4, 2nd Street Customs Colony
  Besant Nagar 
  Chennai - 600 090
Phone +91-44-24916757 (Res)
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