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Viswanathan Anand Height, Weight, Age, Biography, Affairs, Net Worth & More

Viswanathan Anand is a five time winner of the World Chess Championship. Anand became India’s first grandmaster in 1988. He held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002. He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. He then defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov and in the World Chess Championship 2012 against Boris Gelfand. In the World Chess Championship 2013 he lost to challenger Magnus Carlsen and he lost again to Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2014.


Real Name : Anand

Nickname : Viswanathan Anand, Vishy

Profession : Indian Chess Player

Date of Birth : 11 December 1969

Age (as in 2017) : 47 Years

Birth Place : Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Zodiac sign : Sagittarius

Nationality : Indian

Hometown : Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India

School : Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Egmore, Chennai

College : Bachelor of Commerce from  Loyola College, Chennai

Religion : Hindu

Hobbies : Reading

Father- Krishnamurthy Viswanathan

Mother- Susheela

Sister- Anuradha

Brother- Shivakumar

Physical Stats & More

Height : 5’ 6”

Weight : 56 kg

Body Measurements

– Chest: 36 Inches
– Waist: 28 Inches
– Biceps: 12 Inches

Eye Color : Dark Brown

Hair Color : Black

Awards & Achievements

  • Anand is considered one of the best contemporary chess players in the world, especially renowned for his versatility. He is a five time winner of the World Chess Championship and was the undisputed World No.1 from 2007 to 2013.
  • He is the proud recipient of several prestigious awards. He won the first ever Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award—India’s highest sporting honour—in 1991-92.
  • In 2007 he was presented with the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award for his achievements in chess. He was the first ever sportsperson in India to receive this award.

Girls, Affairs and More

Marital Status :Married

Affairs/Girlfriends : Not Known

Wife : Anand married Aruna Anand in 1996 and has a son, Akhil, born on 9 April 2011.

Money Factor

Net Worth: $3 million

Some Lesser Known Facts About Viswanathan Anand

  • His chess interest developed at the age of 6, mainly because of his mother and a family friend Deepa Ramakrishnan.
  • Anand is also known as known as “Vishy” and “Tiger of Madras” because of his sheer domination in chess.
  • At the age of 14, he tasted his 1st success in no time at the National level by winning the National Sub-Junior Chess Championship in 1983.
  • In 1987, he won the World Junior Chess Championship and was the first Indian to do it.
  • Anand attributes the late Bobby Fischer as the best chess player of all time.
  • Anand has been making waves in the world of Chess since the mid-1980, he finally earned the No.1 ranking in the FIDE Elo rating in April 2007.
  • Chess Oscar is an international award rewarded to the best chess player every year. He has won this award 6 times, in 1997, 1998, 2003, and 2004, 2007 & 2008.
  • Anand wrote a book called ‘My Best Games of Chess’, to share his journey of chess. In 1998, he got the British Chess Federation ‘Book of the Year’ award for this book.
  • Anand has endorsed brands such as NIIT and has a net wealth of around $ 3 million.
  • Vishwanathan Anand is now a minor planet in the universe. He is the only Indian who has a planet named after him. The planet was discovered in 1988 and remained unnamed since then.

Updated On: 16 April 2017

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