When Viswanathan Anand made his meteoric rise in chess world in the 1980s, he was nicknamed The Lightening Kid for the speed with which he calculated complex chess moves and executed them. He used to complete in just about an hour, classical games in which players could use up to three and half.chess because both of them were in their 40s and the challange from Israel was ranked number 20. Anand did not reacted to it but Gelfand reacted ,” for the last 15 yers people have been trying to send me to the pension. When i became second in the world championship , everyone said it was my las tlong. I won the world cup and public as telling me it was an accident. i won the candidate matches – the format was worng and my opponents were so strong. ”
What i have decided that “ let people say what they want to say , i do not listen and i used to do what i am used to do.”
The critics did not spare Gelfand either. They said , the match fail to inspire world class
To a casual onlooker the match in Moscow was not much exciting because a majority of the games ended in less than 40 moves. But serious chess fans would remember for long, the intricate patterns the two players wove on the board in some of the games (especially the third classical game), the way each anticipated the attack by the other and negated it by finding the precise solution and the manner in which Anand and Gelfand introduced new moves in known positions in a number of the classical games.
Victory is all that matters
Though he has drastically changed his views in four year’s time and aired them publicly at the same venue where Anand and Gelfand were playing, the Indian maestro did not respond in kind to those unkind words.
Regained the title in 2007 by winning an 8-player tournament in 2007 in Mexico.
Is the only player to win the World Championship in knock-out, round-robin tournament and match-play formats, making him the most versatile player in the world.
Has retained the title since 2007, defending Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik at Bonn in 2008 and Bulgarian Veselin Topalov at Sofia in 2010.
Became the fourth player after Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) to cross the 2800 barrier in ELO ratings after claiming his 5th Corus title, another record. In chess, it is like crossing the 8.90 metres mark in long jump.
Anand is the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest award for sports in the country.
Is the only sportsperson to get the Padma Vibhushan award in 2007.
Is the first Indian to become a Grandmaster in 1987.
He is one of the few players in the World to defeat six computers simultaneously. Anand achieved that in 1997 at the Aegon Man
Has won the Chess Oscar six times. The Oscar is the biggest award in chess given annually to the best player in the World.
2007 he won the Morelia/Linares tournament to become the World No.1. Finished joint second in the Sparkassen Chess meeting in 2007 at Dortmund in July. On July 8, beat Veselin Topalov to win his 7th title at the Magistral Ciudad de León.
2006 won the Mikhail Tal Memorial tournament, the strongest-ever blitz tournament.
2004 became the 2nd highest-ranked player in the World by winning his 4th Corus title.
2003 lived up to his reputation as the best rapid player in the world by winning the World Rapid Championship.
2001 he was awarded the Jameo de Oro, the highest honour given by the Government of Lanzarote in Spain.
2000 won the first FIDE World Cup in Shenyeng and retained the title two years later in Hyderabad.
1998 won the Torneo International De Ajedrez, Linares, the strongest tournament in the history of chess.
1997 lost to Anatoly Karpov in FIDE World Championship at Lausanne held within days of the Groningen event.
1995 lost to Garry Kasparov in the PCA World Championship final in New York after a seesaw battle