02 October 2007

Viswanathan Anand (pet name-TIGER):A World Champion Profile and list of world title won

After competing for three tense weeks against the world’s best players to emerge as the undisputed world champion.

Viswanathan Anand (pet name-TIGER), managed to keep his under control, after his quick 20-move draw with Hungarian Grand Master Peter Leko meant that he was the undisputed world chess champion all over again.

Route to the 2007 World Title

· Round 1: (White) drew with Gilfand
· Rd2 : (Black) bt Aronian
· Rd3: (w) drew with Kramnik
· Rd4:(b) drew with Morozevich
· Rd5: (w) bt Svidler
· Rd6:(b) drew with leko
· Rd7:(w) bt Grischuk
· Rd8:(b) drew with Gilfand
· Rd9: (w) drew with Aronian
· Rd10: (b) drew with Kramnik
· Rd11: (w) bt Morozevich
· Rd12: (b) drew with svidler
· Rd13: (b) drew with Grischuk
· Rd14: (w) drew with leko

Tiger’s Profile

· Born on dec11, 1969.
· Taught chess by mother an became more interested in the game in Philippines where his father got transferred.
· 1983-84: National sub-junior champion.
· 1983-86: National junior (U-19) champion.
· 1984: world sub-junior runners-up.
· 1984-85: Asian junior champion became youngest International Master (IM) at 15.
· 1986-88: hat-trick of national A titles. Still, the youngest ever champion.
· 1987: World junior champion, first Asian to do so.
· Became asia’s first and world’s youngest grand master (GM)
· 1988: First Grand Slam (Wijk aan Zee)
· 1989: First national rapid champion.
· Asian rapid champion.
· 1990: Third in Manila inter-zonals, became 1st Indian to qualify for World championship.
· 1991-92: Won the 1st Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
· 1992: 1st big win ahead of Kasparov and Karpov at Reggio Emila (category 18)
· Won in Linares over Ivanchuk.
· 1994: 1st Melody and Amber Title (rapid and Blindfolded)
· Won PCA Grand Prix ahead of Kasparov.
· 1995: PCA World championship runner-up to Kasparov.
· 1996: beat Kasparov in the final of rapid GP
· 1997-98: Won Fide World championship knockout but lost to karpov in the final as challenger. Broke in the World’s top three and has remained there for last 10years.
· First Chess Oscar. Repeated it in 1998, 2003 & 2004.
· 1998: Won in Linares ahead of Kasparov
· 1998: Won the Advanced chess title (with both players taking help from computers) introduced by kasparov.
· 2000: won the Fide World Cup.
· 2000-01: Fide world title in Knock-out format. Retained the title in Hyderabad 2002.
· 2001: Beat unofficial world champion Kramnik in Duel of Champions.
· 2002: Won the EuroTel World Trophy, an elite knock-out event including all Big ones at that time.
· 2002: Hat-trick of Corsica Masters rapid titles , bt Karpov in final.
· 2003: World rapid title by beating kramnik in final.
· 2004: Won in Wijk aan Zee to become World No.2
· 2005: Runner-up to Topalov in Fide world championship tournament.
· 2006: Won a record fifth title at Wijk aan Zee, became fourth player to cross 2800 Elo rating point; Won the strongest ever blitz event as well as World blitz title.
· 2007: Won in Linares and with that overtook Topalov as world No.1
· Became Fide World champion in tournament format in Mexico City.
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