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Former chess world champion Viswanathan Anand (L) plays chess with D Gukesh, who became India's youngest and the world's second youngest Grand Master recently, at his residence in Chennai.

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Former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand give tips to students during the Mumbai International Chess Tournament, in Mumbai.

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Sinquefield Cup Champion Levon Aronian, Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan, and fellow Sinquefield Cup competitor Vishy Anand cheer on Sinquefield Cup competitor Fabiano Caruana in a series of rapid and blitz exhibition games called Ultimate Moves at the Chess Club and Scholastics Center of St. Louis in St. Louis, USA.

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Former badminton player Prakash Padukone presents an award to boxer Sarita Devi as Viswanathan Anand and Geet Sethi look on during an event by Olympic Gold Quest in Bengaluru.

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Indian chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand concentrates during his game against US/Italian grandmaster Fabiano Caruana during the Zurich Chess Challenge 2015 Round 3 in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Norway's Magnus Carlsen, currently the top ranked chess player in the world, plays his 11th game against former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand, at the FIDE World Chess Championship Match in Sochi, Russia. Magnus Carlsen won 6,5- 4,5.

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Norway's Magnus Carlsen, currently the top ranked chess player in the world, right, makes a move as he plays against former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand at the FIDE World Chess Championship Match in Sochi, Russia.

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Norway's Magnus Carlsen, currently the top ranked chess player in the world, makes a move as he plays against former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand in the second game of the World Chess Championship Match in Sochi, Russia. Carlsen drew the first blood by defeating Anand.

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Norway's Magnus Carlsen, currently the top ranked chess player in the world, and India's former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand, right, shake hands before the FIDE World Chess Championship Match in Sochi, Russia.

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Defending champion India’s Viswanathan Anand, left, and Norway’s Magnus Carlsen during a press conference on the sidelines of the World Chess Championship in Chennai.

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Chess player Viswanathan Anand competes during Chess Grand Slam Final Masters chess game against Francisco Vallejo of Spain inside a case of glass at the Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand is presented with a sculpture of Swami Vivekanand, by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader L. K. Advani looks on at the Swami Vivekananda Women Chess Festival in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

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World chess champion Viswanathan Anand is felicitated with a plaque and citation by the West Bengal state sport's department in Kolkata. Anand retained his world chess champion title in Moscow earlier this year.

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Susheela, Vishy’s mother

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Schoolkids welcome Vishy at Chennai airport

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V for victory Vishy and wife arrive back in Chennai

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Mum’s move Vishy plays a round with mother Susheela in 1987

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa presenting Rs 2 crore as cash award to Grand Master Viswanathan Anand on his winning the world title for the fifth time in Chennai. Anand's wife Aruna is also seen.

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FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, left, presents World chess champion Viswanathan Anand with a laurel wreath at the award presentation ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship in Moscow, Russia.

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World chess champion Viswanathan Anand holds a trophy at an award presentation ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship in Moscow, Russia. Anand retained his title on Wednesday, defeating Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand 2.5-1.5 in a rapid tiebreaker round.

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World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand contemplates his next move during a match against Boris Gelfand of Israel at the FIDE World Chess Championship tie break match at Moscow's Tretyakovsky State Gallery, Russia.

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The proud parents of World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand can hardly conceal their joy after their son won tie break match against Boris Gelfand of Israel, at the FIDE World Chess Championship. Anand has retained his FIDE world champion's title.

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World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand, contemplates his next move during a match against Boris Gelfand of Israel at the FIDE World Chess Championship tie break match at Moscow's Tretyakovsky State Gallery, Russia.

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World Champion Vishwanathan Anand being honoured at the opening of a Chess tournament in Pune.

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Chess champion Viswanathan Anand during the marriage reception party of chess player Surya Shekhar Ganguly in Kolkata.

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World chess champion Vishwanathan Anand, left, and Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi gesture as participants play chess during an attempt to create a world record for the participation of maximum number of people in a chess tournament, in Ahmadabad. The 'Swarnim Chess Mahotsav' was organized by the state government as part of Gujarat state's golden jubilee celebrations.

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World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand during a Lifetime Achievement Award function at Delhi Secretariat in New Delhi

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi hands over baton to World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand during inauguration of 'Khel Maha Kumbh 2010', a one-month long sports festival as part of Swarnim Gujarat celebrations in Ahmedabad.

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An HRD MINISTRY GOOF-UP scotches University of Hyderabad’s plans to confer world chess champ V. ANAND with an honorary doctorate. A question rose on his ‘Indian nationality’.

World Chess champion Vishwanathan Anand looks on during the International Congress of Mathematicians 2010 in Hyderabad. The Human Resource Development Ministry which had withheld clearance for the University of Hyderabad's proposal to honor Anand with a doctorate after doubts were cast over his nationality, has apologised and all seems to have been settled. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Anand has made Spain his second home for some years now but continues to hold an Indian passport.

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World Chess champion Vishwanathan Anand looks on during the International Congress of Mathematicians 2010 in Hyderabad. The Human Resource Development Ministry which had withheld clearance for the University of Hyderabad's proposal to honor Anand with a doctorate after doubts were cast over his nationality, has apologised and all seems to have been settled. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Anand has made Spain his second home for some years now but continues to hold an Indian passport.

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World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand makes a move during a simultaneous chess game with 40 mathematicians at the ongoing International Congress of Mathematicians 2010, in Hyderabad. There had been a controversy over the news that Anand was denied the honorary doctorate proposed by the University of Hyderabad after the HRD Ministry raised questions over his nationality till HRD Minister Kapil Sibal stepped in: "Viswanathan Anand has done India proud like Arjun Atwal (who won a top professional golf championship in the US yesterday). We should be proud of those who climb the heights of global excellence.. Procedural error has led to problems regarding doctorate to Anand...Immediate corrective action was taken...I told him that we are sorry for what has transpired"

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World champion Viswanathan Anand with his wife and mother, on arrival at Chennai with his medal.

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Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, right, awards World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand during the award ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Anand won the FIDE World Chess Championship match against his Bulgarian challenger and former world chess champion Veselin Topalov.

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World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand achieved an improbable win playing with black in the final game to retain the world title by 6.5-5.5 margin after the end of the 12th and final game against Veselin Topalov of Russia

December 22: Another world champion would also be a worthy claimant to the title of the Sportsperson of the year– Vishwanathan Anand. Forced by the Icelandic ash cloud to travel by road, he endured a 40-hour journey by road to reach Sofia to take on Veselin Topalov, the challenger. Anand lost the first game but after a tense battle in his opponent’s home territory, he emerged the winner, yet again.*** World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand from India, right, and his Bulgarian challenger Veselin Topalov, contemplate their moves during their 12th game in the FIDE World Chess Championship match in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Anand achieved an improbable win playing with black in the final game to retain the world title by 6.5-5.5 margin after the end of the 12th and final game.

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World chess champion Viswanathan Anand achieved an improbable win playing with black in the final game to retain the world title by 6.5-5.5 margin after the end of the 12th and final game in the FIDE World Chess Championship match against his Bulgarian challenger and former world chess champion Veselin Topalov. Earlier, in 2008 Anand had won the world title in a match against Russian Vladimir Kramnik, in 2006 he had won the world championship match tournament ahead of almost all top players in the world and in the year 2000 he had won the championship when it was held on a knockout basis. Anand, thus became the first official world champion in recent history to win two back-to-back matches in world championships against different opponents.

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He's got to be a fixture in every year's list of outstanding sportspersons, but this year has been very special. When he first won the FIDE World Chess Championship in 2000, the chess world was spilt and the title was not undisputed. He became the undisputed champion in 2007 in a round-robin tournament, finishing a point ahead of Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand. In 2008, the format was different – head to head against Kramnik, the previous world champion, in Bonn. Before this, Kramnik had a 6-4 win-loss record against Anand. But Anand was in terrific touch in Bonn – after two draws, he won the third game to take the lead which he never gave up. He won the fifth game as well and won the series 6.5-4.5. He thus became the first player in history to win the world title in three different formats – knockout, tournament and matchplay. Also See: Shooting
IN THIS STORY: Catch Me If You Can

Viswanathan Anand finally reached the top of the world ranking list while also becoming World Champion¤ after consistently maintaining his top-three position for almost last 15 years. He climbed to the top of FIDE¿s world ranking list for the first time in his over two-decade career and went on to clinch the World Championship title as well as the ELO rating of 2800 Besides Anand¿s unparalleled achievements¤ Koneru Humpy continued where she had left off last year¤ achieving the rare feat of an ELO rating of 2600 to become only the second woman in the world after Hungarian Judit Polgar to do so. Humpy was also awarded the Padmashree this year for claiming gold medals in the sport on its debut in the 2006 Asian Games in Doha. Full Coverage: Chess

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Vishwanathan Anand becomes the first non-Russian to win the Chess Oscar for the fourth time

Wednesday October 29, 2008
World Champion India's Vishwanathan Anand, centre, shows the trophy with the chairman of the World Chess Federation Kirsan Iljumschinow, right, during the winner ceremony of the Chess World Championship after the 11th game against Russia's Vladimir Kramnnik, left, in the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Repblic of Germany in Bonne, western Germany.  The 38-year-old has won his third world championship and, uniquely, done so in three different formats. His victory against Vladimir Kramnik in the match in Bonn unifies the 122-year-old world title. By some counts, Anand is the 15th world champion. By others, he is the 19th. Garry Kasparov was No. 13. Also See: An Advanced Pawn

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Wednesday October 29, 2008
Born to win! Viswanathan Anand retains the World Chess Championship title in Bonn after ending the 11th game with Russia's Vladimir Kramnik in a draw. Anand had lost Game 10 to Kramnik.

Monday October 20, 2008 World champion Viswanathan Anand scored his second sensational victory with black against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the fifth game of the world championship, thus extending his lead to two points at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn, Germany.

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Thursday May 8, 2008
How often does one carry home an Oscar, and with a quiet ease that would seem almost like an old habit? So what if it is the Chess Oscar that we are talking about. It has been raining awards since Vishwanathan Anand won the undisputed World title at Mexico last year, and now it's the prestigious Chess Oscar again! Anand had earlier won the Chess Oscar for his performances in 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2004. In the photo: Anand receiving Padma Award from President Pratibha Patil.

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Yes, it's not just the cricketers who make all the money. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi presented a cash award of Rs.25 lakh to World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand in Chennai today.

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