Viswanathan Anand
Indian Chess Grandmaster and World Chess Champion
Viswanathan Anand is an Indian chess Grandmaster and the current World Chess Champion. He 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, and against Veselin Topalov in 2010.

Anand is one of the six players in history to break the 2800 mark on the FIDE rating list. In April 2007, at the age of 37, he became the world number-one for the first time. He has held this top ranking 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. Anand officially regained the world number one ranking in 2010, after having defeated the reigning world number one, Magnus Carlsen, in the Bilbao Masters.

Anand became India's first Grandmaster in 1987. He was the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 199192, India's highest sporting honor. In 2007, he was awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award. He has been described by Lubomir Kavalek as the most versatile world champion ever, since Anand is the only player to have won the world chess championships in many formats, including Knockout, Tournament, Match, Rapid and Blitz.

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