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Anand 
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Viswanathan Anand
Number of games in database: 2,786
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2785 (2809 rapid, 2811 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2817
Overall record: +605 -202 =929 (61.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1050 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (469) 
    B90 B33 B30 B32 B42
 Ruy Lopez (314) 
    C78 C67 C89 C88 C92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (154) 
    C89 C88 C92 C84 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (120) 
    B90 B92 B93 B96 B97
 French Defense (120) 
    C11 C10 C18 C19 C12
 Caro-Kann (87) 
    B17 B12 B14 B18 B19
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (254) 
    B90 B92 B48 B84 B65
 Ruy Lopez (132) 
    C78 C80 C88 C65 C67
 Queen's Indian (115) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Semi-Slav (100) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44 D46
 Sicilian Najdorf (83) 
    B90 B92 B97 B96 B91
 Caro-Kann (72) 
    B12 B18 B17 B19 B13
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Aronian vs Anand, 2013 0-1
   Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 0-1
   Anand vs Topalov, 2005 1/2-1/2
   Anand vs Lautier, 1997 1-0
   Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 0-1
   Anand vs Topalov, 2010 1-0
   Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 0-1
   Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 1-0
   Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 0-1
   Anand vs Bologan, 2003 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Kasparov - Anand World Championship Match (1995)
   Karpov - Anand World Championship Match (1998)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007)
   Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008)
   Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010)
   Anand - Gelfand World Chess Championship (2012)
   Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   SIS-MH Masters (2003)
   Wijk aan Zee Corus (2004)
   Chess Classic Mainz (2008)
   7th Corsica Open (2003)
   Corsica Masters (2004)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   Corsica Masters Knockout (2011)
   Chess Classic Mainz (2006)
   Corus Wijk aan Zee (2006)
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1998)
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1996)
   Corsica Masters (2006)
   Dortmund Sparkassen (2004)
   Corus (2007)
   36th Olympiad (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Anand! by amadeus
   Admirable Anand! by chocobonbon
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1990-1999 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
   anand's ruylopez as white by senankit
   Anand's immortal by senankit
   admirable anand by senankit
   anand's ruylopez with black by senankit
   anand ruylopez as white by senankit
   Exchange sacs - 2 by obrit
   anand at his best by senankit
   Anand vs World Champs decisive games+ vs Asians by visayanbraindoctor
   end games by senankit
   Ruy Lopez Closed by Volcach

GAMES ANNOTATED BY ANAND: [what is this?]
   Nijboer vs Anand, 1998

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VISWANATHAN ANAND
(born Dec-11-1969, 44 years old) India

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Vishwanathan Anand ("Vishy" to his fans) was the 15th undisputed World Champion, reigning from 2007 until 2013. He was also FIDE World Champion from 2000-2002. He was born in 1969 in Mayiladuthurai, a small town in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, but grew up in Chennai. His mother taught him to play chess at age 6.

Trailblazer

As an Indian and as an Asian chess player he blazed a trail with a number of firsts, including in 1984 becoming the youngest Indian to earn the title of IM (aged 15), becoming the youngest ever Indian Champion at 16, becoming in 1987 the first Indian to win the World Junior Championship and India’s first grandmaster, and becoming India’s (and Asia’s) first World Champion. He was also the first World Champion since Robert James Fischer and the second since Max Euwe who did not originate from one of the countries of what was the Soviet bloc. Moreover, he was the first and only player to have won the putative world championship via knockout tournament, round robin tournament and traditional match play.

Championships

<Youth and Junior>: Anand’s first serious impact in Indian chess was as a 14 year old, winning the 1983-84 National Sub-Junior Championship with a perfect score of 9/9 points. From 1983 until 1986, he was the National Junior (under 19) Champion and in 1984 and again in 1985 he won Lloyd’s Bank Junior championship. Also in 1984 and again in 1985, Anand won the Asian Junior (under 19) Championships, the youngest to achieve this distinction. Anand capped his junior career by winning the 1987 World Junior Chess Championship.

<National>: He won the Indian National Championships in 1986, 1987 and 1988.

<Continental>: In 1986, he won the Arab-Asian International Chess Championship. In 1989, he won the 2nd Asian Active Chess Championship held in Hong Kong. In 1990 he won the Asian Open Chess Championship in Manila.

<World>: Anand’s first tilt at the World Championship cycle occurred during the last of the traditional FIDE cycles that had been established after World War II, albeit a cycle cut short at the final by Kasparov’s split from FIDE in 1993. Anand kicked off his world championship campaign when he won the gold medal at the 1990 Asian Zonal Championship, qualifying for the Manila Interzonal later that year. He came 3rd at that Interzonal, half a point behind co-leaders Vassily Ivanchuk and Boris Gelfand, thereby qualifying for the Candidates Matches. In 1991, he defeated Alexey Dreev in Chennai in the first round of Candidates matches, but lost to Anatoly Karpov in Brussels in the quarter finals.

In 1993, he came =1st with Michael Adams at the PCA Interzonal tournament in Groningen, the strongest Swiss tournament played until that time. Also in 1993, he contested the 1993 Biel FIDE Interzonal Tournament, coming 10th in a tightly fought contest, but nevertheless qualifying for the FIDE Candidates cycle. In the PCA Candidates, he defeated Oleg Romanishin 5-2 in a best of 8 match held in New York in 1994, then followed up shortly afterwards with a 5.5-1.5 demolition of Adams at Linares in the Candidates semi-final. In Las Palmas in 1995, he met and defeated Gata Kamsky in the final for the right to meet Garry Kasparov. In 1995, he met Kasparov at the World Trade Center in New York to play the match. After an opening run of eight draws, Anand won game nine but then lost four of the next five to concede the match 10½–7½. Conversely, in the concurrent FIDE cycle, Anand lost his quarter-final match to Kamsky, who went on to lose the 1996 FIDE championship match against Karpov. In 1997, Anand won the knock-out matches at Groningen for an opportunity to challenge FIDE World Champion Karpov, defeating Predrag Nikolic 2-0, Alexander Khalifman 3.5-2.5 (in the rapid and blitz tiebreak), Zoltan Almasi 2-0, Alexey Shirov 1.5-0.5, Boris Gelfand 1.5-0.5, and Adams 5-4 in a hard fought sudden death tiebreaker. In the 1998 FIDE cycle, FIDE controversially seeded the reigning champion Karpov directly into the final against the winner of the seven-round single elimination Candidates tournament. Despite coming through an extremely arduous campaign of 31 games in 30 days, Anand was able to draw the regular match 3-3, forcing a rapid playoff. However, the rapid playoff was won 2-0 by Karpov, allowing him to defend his FIDE championship.

In 2000, he beat Alexey Shirov 3½–½ in the final match held at Tehran to become the FIDE World Chess Champion, after defeating Viktor Bologan, Smbat Gariginovich Lputian, Bartlomiej Macieja, Khalifman, and Adams in the preliminary rounds. He failed to defend the title in 2002, losing in the semifinals to Ivanchuk after defeating Olivier Touzane, Peter Heine Nielsen, Vladislav Tkachiev, Dreev, and Shirov in the earlier rounds. Anand did not compete in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), but tied for second with Peter Svidler in the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) at San Luis in Mexico with 8½ points out of 14 games, 1½ points behind the winner, Veselin Topalov. On the basis of his results at San Luis, Anand was seeded directly into the double round-robin FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007) in Mexico City, which he won with a score of 9/14 points, a full point ahead of joint second place finishers, Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand, thereby succeeding Kramnik as the title holder of the unified World Championship. In Bonn in October 2008, he successfully retained his crown when he won the twelve-game Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) by 6.5-4.5 (+3 -1 =7). The following year, he successfully defended his title in the Anand - Topalov World Chess Championship (2010) by 6.5-5.5 after winning the 12th and final classical game scheduled for the match. In May 2012, he faced the winner of the World Championship Candidates (2011), Boris Gelfand, to again successfully defend his title, winning the Anand - Gelfand World Chess Championship (2012) 2.5-1.5 (+1 =3) in the rapid game tiebreaker after drawing the classical games 6-6 (+1 -1 =10).

As a result of Magnus Carlsen winning the World Championship Candidates (2013), the Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) was played in November 2013. The first four games were drawn before Carlsen won the fifth and sixth games. The seventh and eighth games were drawn, with Carlsen then winning the ninth game and drawing the tenth and last game to win the crown from Anand. Final score was 6.5-3.5 (+3 =7) in Carlsen's favor.

Anand's loss in the World Championship match did, however, qualify him to play in the World Chess Championship Candidates (2014), which he won with a round to spare. He will therefore challenge Carlsen in a rematch to be held in November 2014.

Tournaments

Anand is the only player to have won the super tournament at Wijk aan Zee (Corus from 1989-2010) five times. He is the first player to have achieved victories in each of the three big chess supertournaments: Corus/Wijk aan Zee (1989, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006), Linares (1998, 2007, 2008), Dortmund (1996, 2000, 2004).

One of Anand’s earliest serious successes in international tournaments that brought him to international attention include his tie for first place in the Sakthi Finance International Grandmasters Chess Tournament in 1987, enabling him to win his third GM norm, and thereby becoming the youngest Grandmaster in the world at that time. In 1989, he competed in the 4th International Games Festival in France, placing 2nd overall in the Veterans vs. Youth Tournament, although he was 1st in the Youth category. During that event he beat former World Champions, Mikhail Tal and Boris Spassky in their individual encounters. In 1990, he won the 1990 Manchester Chess Festival and was =1st in the 1990 Triveni Super Grandmasters Tournament in Delhi. In 1992, Anand took out 1st in the category 18 Reggio Emilia Chess Tournament ahead of Kasparov and Karpov in the strongest tournament ever held until this time. Also in he won the 1992 Goodrich Open International Tournament in Kolkata and won the category 18 Alekhine Memorial tournament in Moscow ahead of Karpov. This raised his rating to 2700, and was only the 8th person to reach that mark at that time. In 1994, he won the PCA Grand Prix in Moscow ahead of Kasparov

Major successes followed rapidly in 1996, when he finished 2nd at the Las Palmas super tournament and at the Magistral Tournament in Leon. There followed, in 1997, wins in the category 19 tournament in Dos Hermanes, the Invesbanka Chess tournament in Belgrade, the Credit Suisse Classic Tournament in Biel, and 2nd place in Dortmund. In 1998 he won the category 21 (average 2752) Linares tournament, as well as at Madrid and at the Fontys-Tilburg International Chess Tournament. In 1999, he won again at Wijk aan Zee. In 2000, he was runner up at Linares, won at Leon (beating Shirov 1½:½) and at Dortmund and also at the 2000 FIDE World Cup in Shenyeng, defeating Evgeny Bareev 1.5 - 0.5 in the final to win. He successfully defended his World Cup title in 2002 in Hyderabad. In 2001, Anand finished 1st in the 2nd Torneo Magistral Tournament in Mexico City, a clear point ahead Nigel Short, Khalifman and Hernandez. In 2002, he won the Eurotel World Chess Trophy in Prague, defeating Jan Timman (2-0), Khalifman (2-0), Sokolov (1.5-0.5), Ivanchuk (2.5-1.5) and Karpov (1.5-0.5) in the final. He won Corus in 2003 and 2004, and took out Dortmund in 2004. In spring of 2006, following a record-extending fifth victory at Corus Wijk aan Zee (2006), Anand became only the fourth player ever to crack the 2800-Elo mark in FIDE ratings, following Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, and Veselin Topalov. A few months after he won the World Championship in 2007, he won the (category 21) Morelia-Linares (2008) outright with 8.5 points, winning at Linares for the third time in his career. Following mediocre (for Anand) results in 2012 which saw him slip out of the top 5 for the first time in nearly 20 years, Anand scored 8/13 to place =3rd behind Carlsen and Aronian at the category 20 Tata Steel (2013) event, and defeated Aronian in round 4 in a game that is becoming known as Anand's Immortal.*

2013 saw Anand breaking his tournament drought by winning outright at the category 19 GRENKE Chess Classic (2013) with 6.5/10, winning in the last round to head off Fabiano Caruana by half a point at the pass. This was his first tournament win since Linares in 2008. A few weeks later he placed 2nd behind Caruana at the Category 21 Zurich Chess Challenge (2013) with 3/6 (+1 -1 =4), losing one game to Caruana and defeating Kramnik in his sole win. In April-May 2013, Anand placed outright 3rd at the category 20 Alekhine Memorial (2013), a half point behind Levon Aronian and Gelfand, with 5/9 (+2 -1 =6), a par for rating performance. Soon afterwards he played in the category 21 Norway Chess Tournament (2013), scoring 5/9, another par for rating effort. His next tournament was the category 22 Tal Memorial (2013) in June 2013 was one of his worst results in many years, finishing near the bottom of the field with 3.5/9 (+1 -3 =5), also causing him to shed 11 rating points and four places in his world ranking.

After he lost his title defense to Carlsen, Anand next's tournament was the category 23 Zurich Chess Challenge (2014) in which he placed 4th with a scored of 2/5. In the lead up to the return match against Carlsen in November 2014, Anand placed a decisive 1st at the category 21 Bilbao Masters (2014), winning with a round to spare in the six game round robin event.

Olympiads

Anand played board 4 for India in 1984, and top board in 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2004 and 2006, winning a silver medal on top board in 2004.

Matches

In 1992, Anand defeated the then number 3 Vassily Ivanchuk by 5:3 in a match held in Linares. In 1997, he played an exhibition simul against 6 computers at the Aegon Man Vs Computers chess event, winning 4-2. In 1998 at the Siemens Nixdorf Duell (Rapid) event in Frankfurt, he beat the then world open category computer chess champion Fritz 5 (1.5-0.5). In 1999 at the Torneo Magistral de Ajedrez in Leon, he beat Karpov 5:1. He won the 2001 "Duel of the Champions", defeating Kramnik in a rapid game match 6.5-5.5 and in 2009, he defeated Leko 5-3 in the Leko - Anand Rapid Match (2009).

Teams

In 1986, he won a team silver medal and a an individual gold medal for board four in the Asian Team Championship. He scored 7/7 in the 1989 Asian Team Chess Championship thereby helping his team to a team bronze as well as winning the top board prize as well as the individual best performance of the tournament. He has played in the Bundesliga, the French and Hungarian Team Championships and the European Club Cup. In 2009, he lead the Rest of the World from board 1 to a decisive 21.5-10.5 victory in the Azerbaijan vs the World (2009) event. He played top board for Baden-Baden in a couple of rounds, helping his team to win the 2013-14 Bundesliga.

Rapids

Anand has always been renowned for the speed of his calculation and moves. His early classical games were often played at close to blitz speed and this prowess has stood him in good stead to enable him to become perhaps the greatest blitz and rapid player of all time. His prowess at quick-play chess has earned him the nickname "The Lightning Kid."

The Chess Classic at Mainz, essentially the annual open world rapid championship, that had commenced in 1994 and finished up in 2010 had become Anand’s personal property as he won it 11 times out of the 17 times it had been staged, including nine consecutive wins from 2000 through to 2008. In addition, he has won the annual overall Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Championships in 1994, 1997, 2003, 2005 and 2006, the Amber Rapid 7 times, and he was the only player to win the blind and rapid sections of the Amber tournament in the same year (twice: in 1997 and 2005). Other significant sequences were the six consecutive wins at Corsica from 1999 through 2005, and seven wins at Leon in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, Ciudad de Leon XVIII (2005), XIX Ciudad de Leon (2006), and 2007. Other victories include 1st place at the 1996 Credit Swiss Rapid Chess Grand Prix, in Geneva, where he beat Garry Kasparov in the final, 1st in Wydra in Haifa in 1999 and 2000, 1st in the 2000 Plus GSM World Blitz Chess Cup in Warsaw where he won outright with 17.5 Points in 22 Games, defeating Karpov, Gelfand and Svidler, 1st in the 2000 Fujitsu Siemens Giants Chess (Rapid) in Frankfurt, winning the 2006 Mikhail Tal Memorial Blitz Tournament in Moscow with 23/34, which involved winning 11 out of 17 mini-matches to claim the strongest Blitz tournament in the history of the game, beating his eventual successor to the rapid crown, Aronian, by a 2 point margin. He is also the 2003 FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion by virtue of winning the Cap D'Agde FRA (2003). On 27 March 2011 in Tashkent in Uzbekistan, Anand defeated Rustam Kasimdzhanov in a rapid play match by 3.5-0.5 and in September 2011, he won the Botvinnik Memorial Rapid (2011) ahead of Aronian, Kramnik and Carlsen with 4.5/6 (+3 =3 -0). In In June 2011, he won the rapid XXIV Magistral de Ajedrez Ciudad de Leon (2011) 4.5-1.5 (+3 -0 =3) and in October 2011, he defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov by 2-0 in the final to win the Corsica Masters Knockout (2011).

Anand competed in the rejigged London Classic of 2013, and qualified for the final rounds by placing =1st in the London Chess Classic (Group A) (2013), but then lost to Kramnik in the London Chess Classic (Knockout) (2013). He placed =2nd in the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) with 10.5/15, half a point behind the winner, Carlsen, whom he defeated in their individual encounter, and scored 13.5/21 (placing =5th) in the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014).

Awards

Anand has won the Chess Oscar on 6 occasions, in 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008. He has received many other national and international awards including the Arjuna award for Outstanding Indian Sportsman in Chess in 1985, the inaugural Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, India's highest sporting honour in the year 1991–1992, the British Chess Federation’s 'Book of the Year' Award in 1998 for his book My Best Games of Chess, the Padma Bhushan in 2000, the Sportstar Millennium Award in 1998 from India's premier Sports magazine for being the sportperson of the millennium. In 2007, he was awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award in Indian history and received the 'Global Strategist Award' for mastering many formats of World Chess Championships by National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in 2011.

Personal

Anand holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Loyola College in Chennai, India. Previously, he attended High School at Don Bosco. He is married to Aruna Anand and lives in Chennai along with his son Akhil Anand. In August 2010, Anand joined the Board of Directors of Olympic Gold Quest, a foundation for promoting and supporting India's elite sportspersons and potential young talent. In 2010 Anand donated his World Championship gold medal from his successful 2008 title defense to the charitable organisation "The Foundation" to be auctioned off for the benefit of underprivileged children.

Rating and Ranking

<Standard> Anand is one of six players in history to crack the 2800 mark, peaking at 2817 in 2011. As of 1 October 2014, his rating was 2785 making him the world #6. He remains the top rated player in the Asian region.

<Rapid> 2809 (world #6); and

<Blitz> 2811 (world #8).

Sources and references

Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/; Biography of Anand at the official FIDE website for the 2012 World Championship match: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/prese...; Wikipedia article: Viswanathan Anand; * Aronian vs Anand, 2013


 page 1 of 112; games 1-25 of 2,786  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kiril Georgiev vs Anand 1-035 1984 Wch U20E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
2. D Alzate vs Anand 0-166 1984 ?B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. Piket vs Anand 0-144 1984 Wch U20A48 King's Indian
4. Anand vs C Hansen ½-½19 1984 ?B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
5. Anand vs A Greenfeld 1-080 1984 Lloyds Bank opB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. K Perera vs Anand 1-060 1984 Asia-ch U20 8thC70 Ruy Lopez
7. Anand vs D Hergott 1-038 1984 ThessalonikiB33 Sicilian
8. Anand vs M Apicella 1-025 1984 Champigny sur Marne opB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. P Ostermeyer vs Anand 0-141 1984 ThessalonikiA15 English
10. Van der Wiel vs Anand 1-027 1984 ThessalonikiB42 Sicilian, Kan
11. Anand vs A J Mestel 1-025 1985 LondonB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. Blatny vs Anand 1-032 1985 SharjahB25 Sicilian, Closed
13. P Mithrakanth vs Anand 0-130 1985 IndiaB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. Anand vs Ivanchuk ½-½50 1985 Wch U20C78 Ruy Lopez
15. V Perera vs Anand 1-029 1985 9th Asian Junior ChC05 French, Tarrasch
16. Anand vs Dlugy 1-060 1985 SharjahB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
17. P Paiewonsky vs Anand 0-131 1985 Wch U20D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
18. E Torre vs Anand 1-029 1986 DubaiE15 Queen's Indian
19. J Howell vs Anand  ½-½41 1986 GausdalB42 Sicilian, Kan
20. Anand vs D V Prasad 1-030 1986 BhilwaraC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. V Ravikumar vs Anand ½-½35 1986 CalcuttaE70 King's Indian
22. Anand vs DeFirmian 1-033 1986 LondonB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Anand vs R Mateo 1-035 1986 DubaiB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
24. Emms vs Anand 1-047 1986 OakhamC28 Vienna Game
25. J Gil Capape vs Anand 0-131 1986 GausdalD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
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Dec-11-11  Uparamesh: Rubbish idea of arkansaw.
It is certainly not prudent for others to see a birthday WC being given such an idea. It is not age that counts in chess .It is only hardwork, experience, Ideas, and keeping oneself fit for the right occasion.I dont think Anand need to prove his worthy world title again and again to all those who think holier than though than the champion himself. In the whole annals of chess History there is not single Soulful world champion who was wished and encouraged and supported to retain the title by the so called greatest, the conqueror of the greatest and the youngest present top rated player other then Anand. When the Great Gary , Krammnik, Carlsen
vied with each other to support Vishy when Anand faced Topolov to defend his title it is unprecedented. I consider this as DIVINE WILL.
It is an Impossible happenning.
What made the three to shower their goodwill to a person like this. All three must have seen something unique in Anand even though they were opponents. I think this is the greatest Achievement by any world Chess Champion. Clearly by God`s Grace and Will.
About Anand`s Achievement in Chess ..you all know it and I see some of you are pastmasters in explaining it. Let me wish the best world champion to continue to hold his crown as long as the Divine Will Wills Anand. Many More Happy returns of The Day, Vishy!!
Dec-11-11  brankat: Wouldn't that ever be a nice Birthday present?!
Dec-11-11  anandrulez: Vishy should have been WC much earlier than 2007 . He became a WC very late in his career so its also fair that he gets to keep the title now when he is not in his top elements .
Dec-11-11  arkansaw: We will find out soon if he grovels a half point from Carlsen..or not
Dec-11-11  Mr. Bojangles: Anand's championship years are turning out to be the most uninspring, lacklustre reign of any world champion I know of.

Outside of matches, he is slowly becoming the weakest world champ ever.

For such a gifted player, it is rather pathetic whichever way you slice it.

Dec-11-11  siamesedream: Happy birthday, champ!
Dec-11-11  NGambit: Happy birthday to the World Champ!
Dec-11-11  Sacsacmate: B'day wishes to Anand !
Dec-12-11  kashyaptiwari: happy birthdayyyyyyyyyyyyy
Dec-12-11  matherd1: If he's been so weak since becoming champ four years ago, outside of matches, how come he's barely dipped out of the top five, and it's not even that long ago (only since May on the FIDE list!)that he was rated number one. It's not like he's been sitting on his 2007 rating either, he has played.
Dec-12-11  voyager39: <Mr.Bojangles> In London Carlsen, Aronian, and to some extent Kramnik were happy playing regulation draws against Anand and counting upon preying on lesser mortals. Essentially they seem to wait for him to retire.

Is it for the King to go out seeking wannabe aspirants? I rather expect the contenders to challenge him to a duel. A good chess game, like a dance, takes two to tango. That way I admire Nakamura, he tried and got rewarded, and we all got a good game to watch in the bargain.

Dec-12-11  bronkenstein: Vishy now has the dream of so many GMs fulfilled - he joined the 2700 club ;) Hopefully not for long .
Dec-12-11  King Death: For all of this talk about Anand falling just below 2800, I'd have sworn the sky was about to cave in. It's normal fluctuation, not the end of his career or life. Deal with it.
Dec-12-11  Penguincw: Anand draws a lot of games. Maybe he's saving his energy for the World Championship.
Dec-12-11
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  Rolfo: Anand recently became a father, which he values more than any chessresult. As things normalize he will be back to normal strength
Dec-12-11
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  visayanbraindoctor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_...

The World Chess Championship 2012 will be a match between the current world champion Viswanathan Anand of India and Boris Gelfand of Israel, winner of the Candidates tournament. The match will be held in May 2012 at the Skolkovo foundation (Silicon Valley of Russia) near Moscow, Russia to determine the World Chess Champion. The match will be held under the auspices of FIDE, the World Chess Federation. The prize fund is 2.55 million US Dollars.

Is this definite? I thought India would host it.

I hope FIDE removes quick games tiebreakers. If a Challenger ever wins by blitz, anyone can already foresee that his Title would be much devalued. Best would be an extension of classical games. Or perhaps, the defending world champion would retain the Title on the condition that the Challenger be given a rematch within a few months of the tied match.

If Grischuk had actually won the Candidates by blitz all the way, and then beat Anand again in blitz after tying him in classicals, many chess fans would probably not be able to accept him as World Champion. So far this scenario is moot because Gelfand won the Candidates via classical games, but it can theoretically happen.

Dec-12-11  BadKnight: well, 4-game classical match in not much better than a blitz match.
Dec-12-11
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  visayanbraindoctor: <BadKnight: well, 4-game classical match in not much better than a blitz match.>

For future Candidates, I would prefer medium length to long matches, similar to the 1960s to the 1980s. Candidates tournament is fine as well, but it's quite probable that sooner or later, complaints similar to Fischer's would soon crop up. I think FIDE adopted the tournament format for the next Candidates mainly in order to satisfy the Carlsen lobby.

The next Candidates (a double round robin tournament) will have Carlsen, Aronian, Kramnik, Svidler, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, either Gelfand or Anand, and a wildcard organizer's choice. No rabbits except possibly the wildcard. Nice-looking line-up. Given his ability to perform superbly in tournaments, Carlsen should be the favorite, unless some of the others are able to raise their level of play.

Dec-12-11  Petrosianic: Topalov has had enough privileges already. Time to give it to someone else. Karjakin might be good.
Dec-12-11  voyager39: <visayanbraindoctor> I hope they choose Topalov as the wildcard.

And in such a field and with such stakes, I doubt if Magnus has any advantage whatsoever.

Dec-12-11  voyager39: <Petrosianic> Of course, its just out of a sense of nostalgia and some legendary games that Topa played why I said so.
Dec-12-11  voyager39: <visayanbraindoctor> The bid selection happened a few months ago, no clear reasons but apparently its got something to do with more school kids learning chess if it happened in Moscow instead of Madras.
Dec-12-11  bronkenstein: <King Death> , don`t you get it? 2800 is magical number... it also has hypnotic powers ...
Dec-12-11  frogbert: <Essentially they seem to wait for him to retire.>

nope. they say: "ok, you never bother to take anything remotely resembling a risk to try to beat us. fine. have it your way. we won't bother exposing ourselves either."

perfectly understandable.

Dec-13-11
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  talisman: Good luck Vishy. This will be the third time to successfully defend your title. Only Kasparov has defended the FIDE title three times. Good Luck.
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