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Are you a big fan of the chess legend Viswanathan Anand?
Even if, you are not his fan till now, after reading these less known but mind blowing facts about him, you will soon become one. Viswanathan Anand has been tagged as "One Man Chess Industry" for India. This five-time world champion is single-handedly responsible for setting off the name of his country in the field of Chess.
Born in a small town of Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, this Chess Grand Master was the baby of his family, being 11 years younger than his sister and 13 years younger than his brother. Since, the times he was a child, he played chess at a super fast speed, which gave him the nickname of "Lightning Kid". Other than playing chess, Anand loves reading and listening to music and considers physical fitness as essential as mental.
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According to Anand, it is impossible to stay unaffected by failures. He believes that when failures stop affecting you, you stop being a sportsperson.
His close family friend, Deepa Ramakrishnan also played an important part in teaching him the tactics of Chess at the young age.
In chess, International Master is the level players normally attain before they become Grandmasters.
He became India's first ever Grandmaster. Since then, there have been several Indian chess players who have gone on to achieve the title of grandmasters.
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presents the World chess champion Viswanathan Anand. Anand defeated Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand in a rapid tiebreaker round of the World Championship,2012 in Moscow.
At this historical chess city, two thousand Muscovites once gave Anand a standing ovation for his splendid move against Vladislav Tkachiev.
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Apart from this, Anand was also awarded the prestigious Padma Shri in 1987 when he was just 18! That year, former Indian cricket captain, Mohammed Azharuddin was the only other sports person to have been given this honor. Make sure you share this inspiring story with your friends and family!