Introducing Viswanathan Anand
The authorities, in a distinct deviation from established practices, have awarded a sportsperson who has nothing to do with cricket. This aberration in political largesse, is to be conferred on the recently crowned world chess champion. Peanuts compared to what even the substitute bench in the cricket team received, but nevertheless a start.
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A few details on Anand for the curious:
1) One of only 4 players in history to break the 2800 mark on the FIDE rating list.
2) Among the top three ranked players in the world, at classical time control chess continuously since 1997.
3) Youngest Indian to win the International Master Title at the age of fifteen, in 1984.
4) Anand has won the Chess Oscar in 1997, 1998, 2003, and 2004 (awarded to the year’s best player according to a world-wide poll of leading chess critics, writers, and journalists conducted by the Russian chess magazine 64).
5) Born on December 11, 1969, in Chennai, India.