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Viswanathan Anand
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Number of games in database: 3,782
Years covered: 1984 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2753 (2751 rapid, 2785 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2817

Overall record: +639 -242 =1105 (60.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1796 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (601) 
    B90 B33 B30 B31 B80
 Ruy Lopez (455) 
    C65 C67 C78 C84 C89
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (170) 
    C84 C89 C92 C95 C96
 Sicilian Najdorf (153) 
    B90 B92 B93 B91 B96
 French Defense (149) 
    C11 C10 C18 C19 C16
 Caro-Kann (106) 
    B12 B18 B17 B13 B14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (271) 
    B90 B92 B48 B80 B47
 Ruy Lopez (192) 
    C65 C78 C67 C80 C84
 Queen's Indian (116) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Semi-Slav (111) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44 D46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (96) 
    D37 D38 D39 D30 D35
 Nimzo Indian (95) 
    E34 E21 E32 E20 E46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 0-1
   Anand vs Lautier, 1997 1-0
   Aronian vs Anand, 2013 0-1
   Anand vs Topalov, 2005 1/2-1/2
   Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 0-1
   Anand vs Karpov, 1996 1-0
   Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 1-0
   Anand vs Bologan, 2003 1-0
   Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 0-1
   Anand vs Topalov, 2010 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Kasparov - Anand PCA World Championship Match (1995)
   Karpov - Anand FIDE World Championship Match (1998)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)
   World Championship Tournament (2007)
   Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008)
   Anand - Topalov World Championship Match (2010)
   Anand - Gelfand World Championship Match (2012)
   Anand - Carlsen World Championship Match (2013)
   Carlsen - Anand World Championship Match (2014)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Goodricke op 3rd (1992)
   Corsica Masters (2004)
   SIS-MH Masters (2003)
   Corus Group A (2006)
   Corsica Masters (2011)
   Groningen Candidates (1997)
   Hoogovens Group A (1996)
   Hoogovens Group A (1999)
   Corsica Masters (2005)
   Levitov Chess Week (2019)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   Interpolis 15th (1991)
   Linares (1993)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)

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   Admirable Anand! by chocobonbon
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   Deary to the Gods by Gottschalk
   anand's ruylopez as white by nakul1964
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   anand's ruylopez as white by webbing1947
   Anand's immortal by senankit
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   anand's ruylopez with black by senankit
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   Anand vs World Champs decisive games+ vs Asians by visayanbraindoctor

   Nijboer vs Anand, 1998

   🏆 FIDE Online Olympiad
   Anand vs L Pantsulaia (Aug-23-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   S Megaranto vs Anand (Aug-22-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Anand vs P Maghsoodloo (Aug-22-20) 0-1, rapid
   Anand vs N Abdusattorov (Aug-21-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Ivanchuk vs Anand (Jul-29-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Dec-11-1969, 51 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. Anand 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, aged six.


As an Indian and an Asian chess player, Anand blazed a trail with a number of firsts, including in 1984 becoming the youngest Indian to earn the title of IM (aged 14), 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. Anand was, moreover, 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. 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>: Anand won the Indian National Championships in 1986, 1987 and 1988.

<Continental>: In 1986, Anand 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 took place 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 third 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, Anand 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 Biel FIDE Interzonal Tournament, coming 10th in a tightly fought contest, thereby qualifying for the FIDE Candidates cycle. In the PCA Candidates, Anand defeated Oleg Romanishin 5-2 in a best of eight 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 defeated Gata Kamsky in the final for the right to meet Garry Kasparov. In 1995, Anand 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 lost four of the next five to eventually 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, Anand beat Alexey Shirov 3ĹĖĹ in the final match held at Tehran to become the FIDE World Chess Champion, after defeating Viktor Antonovich 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 Ivanovich 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 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, Anand 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 Championship Match (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 Championship Match (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 Match (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, producing a final score of 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 Match (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).

World Championship Cycle 2016

As the loser of his world title challenge to Carlsen in 2014, Anand automatically qualified for the Candidates Tournament of 2016.


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 second overall in the Veterans vs. Youth Tournament, although he was first in the Youth category. During that event, Anand defeated 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 finished first in the category 18 Reggio Emilia Chess Tournament ahead of Kasparov and Karpov in the strongest tournament ever held until this time. Also in 1992, he won the Goodrich Open International Tournament in Kolkata and won the category 18 Alekhine Memorial tournament in Moscow ahead of Karpov. This raised Anand's rating to 2700, making him only the eighth person to attain the 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 Ilgizovich 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 Group A (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 Group A (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 (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 continued his strong form at the category 21 Gashimov Memorial (2015) held in April 2015, placing outright second with 6/9 (+3 =6), a point behind the winner Carlsen, and a point ahead of joint third place getters Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana. Two months later, he again displayed his excellent form, finishing an undefeated 2nd behind a resurgent Topalov at the category 22 Norway Chess (2015) event in Stavanger, with 6/9 (+3 =6; TPR 2899) and defeating Carlsen in their individual game.


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 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 World Blitz Championship (2014). He came =3rd with 8/10 at the London Chess Classic 2014 Super Rapidplay Open. Anand became the World Rapid Champion when he won the World Rapid Championship (2017) following a two-game blitz playoff for first with young Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Fedoseev.


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

Anand is one of eight players in history to officially crack the 2800 mark, peaking at 2817 in March and May 2011, when he was also ranked world #1. Between April 2007 and May 2011, Anand was ranked world #1 for a total of 21 months.

At the age of 45 and after placing 2nd at the Gashimov Memorial Tournament in Shamkir, Anand re-entered the "2800 club" for the first time since exiting that rating bracket in November 2011. His result at the Norway Chess tournament in June 2015 pushed his rating back up to 2816, close to his peak rating to date, and to #2 in the world behind Carlsen.

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

Last updated: 2019-07-26 12:29:46

 page 1 of 152; games 1-25 of 3,782  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs M Apicella 1-0251984Champigny sur Marne opB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. V Perera vs Anand 1-0601984Asia-ch U20 8thC70 Ruy Lopez
3. Anand vs A Greenfeld 1-08019848th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
4. Anand vs M Matlak  ½-½321984Wch U20C05 French, Tarrasch
5. Piket vs Anand 0-1441984Wch U20A48 King's Indian
6. Anand vs I B de Souza 1-0211984Wch U20B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. Anand vs C Hansen ½-½191984Wch U20B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. S Saeed vs Anand  1-0341984Wch U20E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
9. Anand vs L Sandstrom  0-1361984Wch U20B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
10. G Rechlis vs Anand  0-1321984Wch U20E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
11. Anand vs Wolff 0-1221984Wch U20B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
12. Galego vs Anand  0-1431984Wch U20B30 Sicilian
13. H Korhonen vs Anand  0-1301984Wch U20B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
14. Anand vs P K Wells  1-0361984Wch U20B15 Caro-Kann
15. Anand vs Dreev  ½-½421984Wch U20C05 French, Tarrasch
16. K Georgiev vs Anand 1-0351984Wch U20E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
17. Enoch Barumba vs Anand  0-1411984Thessaloniki OlympiadE91 King's Indian
18. Anand vs T Lirindzakis  ½-½311984Thessaloniki OlympiadC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
19. Van der Wiel vs Anand 1-0271984Thessaloniki OlympiadB42 Sicilian, Kan
20. Anand vs D Hergott 1-0381984Thessaloniki OlympiadB33 Sicilian
21. Anand vs F J Ochoa De Echaguen  0-1401984Thessaloniki OlympiadB33 Sicilian
22. P Ostermeyer vs Anand 0-1411984Thessaloniki OlympiadA15 English
23. D Alzate vs Anand 0-1661984Thessaloniki OlympiadB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. Anand vs R De Guzman  ½-½461984Thessaloniki OlympiadC88 Ruy Lopez
25. Ahmed Hamed vs Anand  0-1471984Thessaloniki OlympiadA05 Reti Opening
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Dec-22-19  Whitehat1963: Why do you think Ivanchukís rating tended to be far more inconsistent over the same period of time? He clearly had (or has) as much talent, but his results could vary wildly, especially when it mattered most.
Jan-11-20  torrefan: Good luck Vishnu!
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  chancho: <Viswanathan Anand should have been at home in Chennai now. Instead, he is in an apartment in Frankfurt.

The five-time World championís travel plans went haywire following the outbreak of the coronavirus. He had travelled to Germany to play in the Bundesliga chess.

How is life in Germany, and the rest of Europe, in these hard times?

Anand: Here, everyone more or less maintains a certain social distance. You know, when you walk on the street, if somebody comes across, you step aside so that you are at least a metre away. I feel they are dealing with the worst of infections now, at least statistics suggest that. They are holding up well. I have not seen anyone complain.

It is tough, but statistics are quite promising for Germany, with the caveat, of course, that nobody really knows how the disease evolves. This is a situation, unlike anything we have faced before.

How do you spend your time in Frankfurt?

Anand: I block some time during the day for exercise. Before it gets too late in India, I check up on my wife Aruna and son Akhil through phone or video calls.

Do you think they did the right thing by going ahead with the Candidates as per schedule?

Anand: Yes. With hindsight, it looks questionable. But when they decided to go ahead with it, everything wasn't as clear as it is now. I feel globally the consensus on stopping everything and focusing on virus became evident only a week before the Candidates started. By the time many of the participants were in Yekaterinburg.

How did you find the experience of being a commentator?

Anand: I enjoyed it. I tried to approach like a chess fan and not as a former participant myself. I wanted to try and enjoy watching the experience of the strong players competing for the right to play in the World championship.

What do you think about the quality of chess at Yekaterinburg?

Anand: I feel it has been consistently high. There have been very few games that were decided by crass blunders. There have been lots of interesting, original ideas. And it was gripping stuff to watch. I think, in a way, it is curious that the participant who came late, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, is actually leading the tournament (along with Ian Nepomniachtchi).

Your thoughts on the impact of the virus on chess and other sports...

Anand: It looks like chess and the rest of the sports world would have to deal with a lot of cancellations. I am really curious not only about sports but how the global economy is going to recover. We are so used to operating all the time that this year is going to be drastically different.>

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  perfidious: <(Life) is tough, but statistics are quite promising for Germany, with the caveat, of course, that nobody really knows how the disease evolves. This is a situation, unlike anything we have faced before....>

Words to remember from le grand maÓtre.

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  ketchuplover: WION youtube channel has an interview with Vishy dated 4/18/2020
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  wordfunph: "Eye contact is best avoided minutes before a game. I donít want a stranger, an acquaintance or a fan running up to me with offerings of bravado or luck."

- GM Viswanathan Anand

(Source: Mind Master - Winning Lessons from a Champion's Life by Viswanathan Anand)

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  wordfunph: again, from Vishy's book Mind Master - Winning Lessons from a Champion's Life..

<Then came the storied instance immediately after I became a professional player. On a train journey to Kerala, a well-meaning gentleman sitting by me asked me what I did for a living. When I responded that I played chess, he smiled and offered that it wasnít a secure career. ĎNot unless you are Viswanathan Anand,í he concluded. I listened and nodded sagely, and didnít confess to being the person he was referring to. It is a compliment I still hold dear.>

Apr-26-20  Open Defence: nice extract <wordfunph>
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  chancho: <When Vishy took on a country.>

Jun-08-20  spingo: There is a shortlist of <Players who have been World Champions but have never been considered Greatest Players of All Time> and Viswanathan Anand is number 1 on that list, because it is alphabetical.
Sep-11-20  Caissanist: From an interview with Anish Giri last year by David Cox for

<Vishy is a legend of the game and a fascinating phenomenon. Heís by far the oldest player at the top, and by far the strongest player of his age. I think his main advantage compared to others of his age is that heís truly young at heart. For example, many people of his age donít welcome change. They stop downloading the latest software versions of things or donít update their apps, like young people do. But Vishy is the kind of guy who I am sure updates all the apps on his phone. At some point, time is basically going to prevail; that is irreversible. But the fact heís accomplished what he has, and remained there for so long is because heís able to reinvent himself, and change the way he works, the way he approaches things, just like a younger person does.>

and then from an interview that Cox did with Anand this year:

<I actually read that, and I laughed my head off. I couldnít think what exactly updating your apps had to do with youth, but he hit the nail on the head. I do obsessively update my apps and software. I have no idea why, sometimes itís just boredom! But it was a very cute way of expressing it. After I read the interview, I showed him my phone and said: "See, all the apps are updated!">

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  Check It Out: <I listened and nodded sagely, and didnít confess to being the person he was referring to. It is a compliment I still hold dear.>

Indeed, a nice story. How many would eagerly tell the person they were the object of the high praise, for instant ego-gratification? Quite a few, I think. By restraining himself, Anand created a dear and life-long memory.

Mar-11-21  Caissanist: Anand will play a match of four games of no-castling chess with Kramnik in Dortmund this July:
May-06-21  Russianborn: Can someone post the 11th classical win of Vishy against Kramnik cause i found only 10 in this database,chesstempo,and on wiki. Cause i wanted to look at the game between these 2 legends: Anands wins against Kramnik that i could find

1996 Euwe Memorial
1997 Belgrade investbank
1998 Tilburg Fontys
2005 Mtel Masters
2008 World Chess Championship
2008 World Chess Championship
2008 World Chess Championship
2010 Wijk aan zee
2013 Zurich Chess Challenge
2019 Tata Steel
Or are there only 10,im confused. Thanks

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  Retireborn: <Russianborn> I think it's possible that this game:-

Anand vs Kramnik, 2004

has been (wrongly?) counted as classical eg by Chessbase.

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  MissScarlett: Never mind Chessbase; <> counts Anand vs Kramnik, 1998 as classical when apparently it wasn't.
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  Retireborn: <MissS> Thanks. I did wonder where his count of 11 was from, but the obvious answer didn't occur to me :)
May-06-21  Russianborn: Yeah cause Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez "Ciudad de Villarrobledo" was always an annual Spanish Swiss rapid open held from 1982 Link to 1998

It was also rapid chess in other years as it was mentioned on sites like chessbase and some other sites for example

May-06-21  Russianborn: Its a 9 round swiss, 25 minute rapid chess tournament
May-06-21  macer75: <Caissanist: Anand will play a match of four games of no-castling chess with Kramnik in Dortmund this July:

What the f? How did someone come up with that?

May-07-21  Russianborn: An article written by Kramnik himself!, on the new chess variants which includes no-castling chess:

Also so since Villarrobledo is a g/25 minute rapid tournament,anand has only 10 wins against Kramnik,i guess right?

May-07-21  Russianborn: Dosent matter much since these great players played like almost 100 classical games,but just asking if its wrong so it can be changed.
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  MissScarlett: But Kramnik said in 2018 say that he was +1 over Anand in classical chess. That was before Anand's win in Tata Steel 2019, so maybe he wasn't counting the 'new classical' victory in 2017:

Kramnik vs Anand, 2017

May-07-21  Russianborn: Yeah so i guess in that case its 10 vs 10. But for sure, Villarrobledo is a rapid tournament so thats 10 wins for vishy, thats 100% confirmed at this point vs 10 wins for kramnik,if you dont count the 'new classical' win as classical,which i guess looking back now,makes sense to me in the context of what kramnik was saying,on him having +1 in 2018, and since anand also mentioned that they have an equal score,so i guess it must be true. So 10 vs 10 is the final score,then?
May-07-21  Russianborn: So at the end of the day, i'll trust the opinions of kramnik and anand on them having an equal score. 10 vs 10
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