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Viswanathan Anand
Number of games in database: 2,845
Years covered: 1984 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2792 (2809 rapid, 2811 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2817
Overall record: +614 -209 =947 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1075 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (471) 
    B90 B33 B30 B32 B42
 Ruy Lopez (317) 
    C78 C67 C89 C88 C92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (154) 
    C89 C88 C92 C84 C95
 French Defense (121) 
    C11 C10 C18 C19 C12
 Sicilian Najdorf (120) 
    B90 B92 B93 B96 B97
 Caro-Kann (87) 
    B17 B12 B14 B18 B19
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (256) 
    B90 B92 B48 B84 B65
 Ruy Lopez (139) 
    C78 C67 C80 C88 C65
 Queen's Indian (116) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
 Semi-Slav (102) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44 D46
 Sicilian Najdorf (83) 
    B90 B92 B97 B96 B91
 Caro-Kann (72) 
    B12 B18 B17 B19 B13
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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 Kasparov, 1995 1-0
   Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 0-1
   Anand vs Bologan, 2003 1-0
   Anand vs Topalov, 2010 1-0
   Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 0-1

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?]
   Tilburg Fontys (1998)
   Corus Wijk aan Zee (2006)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   SIS-MH Masters (2003)
   Corsica Masters (2004)
   7th Corsica Open (2003)
   Wijk aan Zee Corus (2004)
   Corsica Masters Knockout (2011)
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1996)
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1998)
   Dortmund Sparkassen (2004)
   Corsica Masters (2006)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009)
   Linares (1994)
   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
   Anand vs World Champs decisive games+ vs Asians by visayanbraindoctor
   Exchange sacs - 2 by obrit
   anand at his best by senankit
   end games by senankit
   Ruy Lopez Closed by Volcach

   Nijboer vs Anand, 1998

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(born Dec-11-1969, 45 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.


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 Indiaís first grandmaster, and becoming Indiaís (and Asiaís) 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 Russia or eastern Europe. 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.


<Youth and Junior>: Anandís 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 Lloydís 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>: Anandís 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 Kasparovís 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 10ĹĖ7Ĺ. 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 3ĹĖĹ 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 8Ĺ points out of 14 games, 1Ĺ 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.

Rematch with Carlsen 2014

Anand's loss in the 2013 World Championship match with Carlsen did, however, qualify him to play in the World Chess Championship Candidates (2014), which he won with a round to spare. He therefore won the right to challenge Carlsen in a rematch, the Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014), which commenced on 8 November 2014 in Sochi, in Russia and finished on 23 November.

The first game of the match was a fighting draw with Anand playing a queen pawn's opening and Carlsen successfully defending a Grunfeld. Carlsen drew first blood in game two playing the White side of a quiet Ruy Lopez. After the first rest day, Anand struck back strongly playing the White side of a Queen's Gambit Declined (D37), and overcame Carlsen before the first time control. In game 4, Anand played the Sicilian, but Carlsen steered the opening into a quiet positional struggle that ended in a draw. Game 5 was a Queen's Indian Defence which also ended in a draw. Game 6 may have been the turning point in the match. Playing Black, Anand missed a simple tactical stroke that would have given him a very strong, if not winning position. After missing this continuation, Anand's game weakened and Carlsen brought home the point to take the lead in the match for the second time.

Anand defended Game 7 with another Berlin Defence but eventually encountered difficulties and surrendered a piece for two pawns. However, his defence kept Carlsen at bay for 122 moves before the game was finally drawn due to insufficient mating material on the board. Game 8 in the match was another QGD, with Anand playing White. Carlsen introduced an innovation from his home preparation that guaranteed him a relatively easy draw, forcing a mass exchange of pieces that left the position easily drawn. After the fourth rest day, play resumed with Anand employing a Berlin Defence to Carlsen's Ruy Lopez. The game soon finished through a draw by repetition, with Carlsen content to maintain his one-point lead. In Game 10, Anand again faced Carlsen defending a Grunfeld, albeit not as convincingly as in Game 1. Anand had a long initiative but failed to secure the win, with Carlsen exhausting the opportunities against him to force the draw. Game 11 was another Berlin Defence by Anand which turned into a complex and hard fought middle game following an innovation by him on the queenside, which he followed up with an exchange sacrifice. Anand was unable to make sufficient inroads into Carlsen's position, and after a series of trades that increased Carlsen's material advantage, Anand resigned the game and the match.

Match result: Anand lost by 4.5-6.5 (+1 -3 =7).


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 Anandís 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 1Ĺ:Ĺ) 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. Soon after his unsuccessful attempt to regain the crown from Carlsen in November 2014, Anand won the category 22 London Chess Classic (2014) in December 2014 ahead of Kramnik, Giri, Nakamura, Adams and Caruana. A few months later he racked up another major league triumph when he won standard section of the category 22 RR Zurich Chess Challenge (2015) ahead of outright runner-up, Hikaru Nakamura and the supporting cast of Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin, Aronian and Caruana respectively. He was unable to maintain the lead in the follow-up section of the event, the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2015), and tied with Nakamura for first place. However, he lost an Armageddon tiebreaker to finish with second prize.


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.


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).


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.


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 Anandís 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). He came =3rd with 8/10 at the London Chess Classic 2014 Super Rapidplay Open.


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 1991Ė1992, the British Chess Federationís '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.


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 February 2015, his rating was 2797 making him the world #6. He remains the top rated player in the Asian region.

<Rapid> 2808 (world #7); and

<Blitz> 2767 (world #14).

Sources and references

Live rating:; Biography of Anand at the official FIDE website for the 2012 World Championship match:; Wikipedia article: Viswanathan Anand; * Aronian vs Anand, 2013

Latest update 20 Feb 2015

 page 1 of 114; games 1-25 of 2,850  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs D Hergott 1-038 1984 ThessalonikiB33 Sicilian
2. Kiril Georgiev vs Anand 1-035 1984 Wch U20E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
3. Anand vs A Greenfeld 1-080 1984 Lloyds Bank opB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
4. P Ostermeyer vs Anand 0-141 1984 ThessalonikiA15 English
5. Piket vs Anand 0-144 1984 Wch U20A48 King's Indian
6. Anand vs M Apicella 1-025 1984 Champigny sur Marne opB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
7. Van der Wiel vs Anand 1-027 1984 ThessalonikiB42 Sicilian, Kan
8. K Perera vs Anand 1-060 1984 Asia-ch U20 8thC70 Ruy Lopez
9. Anand vs C Hansen ½-½19 1984 ?B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
10. D Alzate vs Anand 0-166 1984 ?B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. P Paiewonsky vs Anand 0-131 1985 Wch U20D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
12. V Perera vs Anand 1-029 1985 9th Asian Junior ChC05 French, Tarrasch
13. Anand vs Dlugy 1-060 1985 SharjahB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
14. Anand vs A J Mestel 1-025 1985 LondonB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Blatny vs Anand 1-032 1985 SharjahB25 Sicilian, Closed
16. Anand vs Ivanchuk ½-½50 1985 Wch U20C78 Ruy Lopez
17. P Mithrakanth vs Anand 0-130 1985 IndiaB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. A B Vaidya vs Anand 0-142 1986 CalcuttaB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Anand vs K Pulkkinen 1-025 1986 OakhamC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
20. F Braga vs Anand ½-½13 1986 DubaiB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
21. Anand vs E Lobron  ½-½28 1986 PhiladelphiaB10 Caro-Kann
22. L Ravi vs Anand  1-047 1986 Calcutta ItE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
23. Piket vs Anand ½-½97 1986 GausdalE12 Queen's Indian
24. A B Meetei vs Anand 0-132 1986 CalcuttaB06 Robatsch
25. W Arencibia vs Anand ½-½54 1986 GausdalD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
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Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Iím out, now youíre the oldest! Youíre the dinosaur now! - (comments upon his own retirement)> - Garry Kasparov.
Dec-27-14  voyager39: Wow and thanks.

From Spassky in 1989 to Carlsen in is 25 years of sterling performance...there is no player living or dead who can match this.

The Gentleman and the Giant - he is our idol and the greatest player ever born.

Chessbase published these nice reports with great rare pics of the legend...

Dec-29-14  Chessinfinite: <TheFocus> Nice work, thanks.

It would be a great idea to have a repository of all interesting quotes about all chess players- should be fun to read.

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  MissScarlett: Try here:
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  thegoodanarchist: <<I remember once I was in Switzerland and my wife told me,'I put some of your stuff in the safe Ė the code is very easy to remember, itís 2706, so you can take whatever you need.' And I told her, 'Well, 2706 is not really a good Elo rating. Normally itís rounded off to the nearest 5 or 10'. So I told her I couldnít see how I could remember that. She looked a bit shocked and then she explained to me that the 27th June is our anniversary.> - Viswanathan Anand>>
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  chancho: From the Tribune Dec 20:

<How do you look at the current year, in which you won three titles, including London Classic?

Anand: 2014 was great because of some good results. I got my appetite for the game back.

Iíve understood itís hard to fake positivity.

If you get good results, you donít have to fake it.

I felt positive about chess and played the game better.

The Candidates win opened up the whole year for me.

After losing to Carlsen at the World Championship (WC) in Chennai, I was simply hoping for one good result.

I was sick of having to explain bad results to everyone.

You lost to Carlsen again in the WC, though you played better this time. How would you sum it up?

Anand: I wasnít able to grab my chances.

I had my openings in the match, but things did not pan out as planned. Nobody is happy losing, neither am I.

Having said that, I am not going to sit back and think about it.

You can kill yourself looking for an answer, but for me the game is finished and itís not coming back.

In general, I feel more positive and thereís no need to look at the past.

This time, I really felt that I did a decent job, gave the title a good shot.

There were no regrets this time as was the case in 2013, when I was not able to put up a fight.

When you lost to Carlsen, a lot of people started talking about your future.

How long do you intend to carry on?

Anand: When thereís so much negativity around you, you just need to lock that out.

I tried to do things which make me happy.

It was not like me I was in a state of mental breakdown.

People just want to remember that particular loss against Carlsen, but, come on, I have won three titles as well.

If you ask about my future plans, I have not put a deadline as such.

Last year, when critics had started writing me off, I had told myself ĎWhy am I even thinking about quitting the gameí?

I still have a few years to give to chess.

Have you made peace with the thought that you are no longer the World champion?

Anand: Honestly, if you ask me 100 per cent, than I would say no.

Even before that championship had come to an end in Chennai, I had probably realized that I am not the champion any more.>

Jan-10-15  VaselineTopLove: Shame Anand is not playing at Tata Steel.

One would have thought he would come out with guns blazing after the world championship match and play more often in tournaments-especially prestigious events, but alas, that hasn't happened and he seems to be shying away from big events or playing them very infrequently.

I think he's saving his best for the next Candidates.

Jan-10-15  Nf8: <One would have thought he would come out with guns blazing after the world championship match and play more often in tournaments-especially prestigious events, but alas, that hasn't happened and he seems to be shying away from big events or playing them very infrequently.>

Youíre joking, right? He played in London; at the beginning of February heís playing in the Grenke Chess Classic ( with Carlsen, Caruana, Aronian and others, and 4 days after this event ends heís already playing in the Zurich Chess Challenge ( with Caruana, Aronian, Nakamura, Kramnik & Karjakin.

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  chancho: Anand interview.

Source: The Indian Express:

<Interviewer: Chess players are perceived to be serious and intense.

Do you guys think about rooks and bishops all the time?

Anand: Well, I try to disconnect completely at times. But you canít help it.

Sometimes you wake up at 4am and you just know that Bh4 was the move in the position. Sometimes the best moves strike you at the most unlikely places.

We were at the Kruger National Park in South Africa watching lions and I found a brilliant attack that I was able to use in Tata Steel Chess Tournament in 2013.

Interviewer: Do you fear that someday, youíll run out of ideas or over-work your mind by constantly thinking about these things?

Anand: Our minds were over-worked a long time ago.

Chess is much bigger than any one idea.

It still continues to fascinate and surprise.

Interviewer: Whatís the biggest misconception that people have about chess players?

Anand: Most people believe that our memory extends to other spheres of life.

Interviewer: It doesnít?

Like, do you remember normal things like phone numbers, birthdays, and such?

Anand: Ha ha ha!

Not a chance.

Itís normally a reminder from the wife.

Interviewer: But you play 10, 20 different games all at once and still win.

Surely that kind of memory must be helpful elsewhere too?

Anand: Itís just pattern recognition.

People are most amazed that we can play up to 40-50 boards.

But thatís the easiest part of being a chess player.

Interviewer: They say a sportsmanís true character is revealed the moment he steps on the field.

Is it true for chess players as well?

Does your playing style reflect your personality?

Anand: Definitely!

A personís character translates into their style of play.

I like dynamic play where there is a lot of chess to be explored.

I hate boring, dry positions as it almost kills the joy of playing chess.

I play much slower these days as maturity and knowledge make you think.

But I still love to belt out moves quickly.

Interviewer: Youíre 45 now and no signs of stopping.

Is the age factor irrelevant in chess?

You mentioned maturity.

Do you get better with age?

Anand: <<<Age is not irrelevant, not at all.

It is definitely a factor.>>>

Like I said, your style also changes as you take age as a factor.>

Feb-14-15  cplyakap: He is all time undisputed best chess player.
Feb-16-15  chaturangavallabha: The more I see Anand play, especially after the last win against Aronian, he seems to win only through prep. The win against Aronian was prepped on top the game between him and Carlsen in WCC14.

As his skills wane, he is still a force to reckon with. Very very very hard to beat but also very easy to draw against.

Here he is at 45 still among the top elite matching blow with blow. Probably the only player who is stronger than him now is Carlsen. Its only a matter of time before Caruana and Nakamura dislodge him from the seat of the primary Carlsen challenger, if they havent already.

Aronian needs to get his act together and Kramnik has aged faster than Anand. The Anand-Kramnik era is officially over.

All hail the new era!

Feb-20-15  DrLecter: where is Anand playing next?
Feb-20-15  shivasuri4: <DrLecter>, Anand will play at the Gashimov Memorial at Shamkir, Azerbaijan. The tourney is a ten player single round robin, and it will be held from 16-25 April.
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  chancho: From an Anand interview:

<Vishy: Right now, he is just astounding.

I mean he is not just difficult for me.

There is no player in the world who can claim to dominate Carlsen and that is a very real assessment.

He wins against everyone.

So it isn't just me.

What matters is that at the end of all that, he makes good moves.

His mannerisms don't amount to much and they are certainly not his weapons.

Intimidation doesn't matter if you can't back it up with the right moves.

That is what Carlsen does.

There are no big mistakes and to do that consistently is very difficult.

The record is unbelievable.

He has been at over 2860 plus ELO rating points for a long time now and he has maintained that rating with ease.

It is the kind of rating that many people will never achieve and even in this lot, it is only Caruana who is close.

So is he the most formidable player ever?

That is hard to answer but in the current generation no one comes close.>

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  kingfu: Would someone please explain why Anand's rating went DOWN 6 points after winning Zurich , average rating 2787, with 2 wins, 3 draws and no losses?
Feb-23-15  KoNUlla: He also played the Grenke classic earlier this month were he lost two games, in Zurich he earned back 9.2 points.
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  Kinghunt: <kingfu: Would someone please explain why Anand's rating went DOWN 6 points after winning Zurich , average rating 2787, with 2 wins, 3 draws and no losses?>

His rating has gone down since the February list, which includes both Zurich, where he finished on +2, and Baden-Baden, where he finished on -2, against a relatively weak field.

Feb-24-15  Petrosianic: <kingfu>: <Would someone please explain why Anand's rating went DOWN 6 points after winning Zurich , average rating 2787, with 2 wins, 3 draws and no losses?>

A person's rating goes down when he fails to score as highly as the rating system predicted he would. Nothing mysterious about it, now or ever.

Feb-24-15  Rascal Nikov: A very nice insightful interview:
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  tamar: <Would you say you are a better player now than say in 2008? Is there a hint of nostalgia?

No idea. I would say I had brilliant years in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2004 -- in that order.>

Interesting answer. Not only giving one year, but six, and in order of form.

I'll have to dig up some 2007 games.

Feb-25-15  cplyakap: DrLecter Anand is playing Gashimov Memorial in April.
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