"World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand Viswanathan Anand, (date of birth 11-12-1969, Chennai) is considered one of the all time greats in chess. It is his success in the world scene that has made this ancient Indian game, a mass sport in India. The critics rate him as one of the biggest natural talents ever in the history of Chess. His hallmark lightening speed and intuitive play came to be recognized when he became the first Indian Grandmaster in 1987. As a five time World Champion Anand has cemented his place among the greatest Champions of all times, becoming one of the rare champions to successfully retain a World Championship title three times. Anand is the only person in Chess history to have won a World championship title in all formats, match, knock-out and tournament. He became World rapid Champion in 2017 . Viswanathan Anand has been feted with many international awards. He is the proud recipient of the Chess Oscars given for the best player of the year . He received this award six times. (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008). Thus becoming one of the few non-Russian to win the award six times. In India he has received the high civilian awards of Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan , Padma Shri and Arjuna Award. He is also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Known as the Gentleman Champion in the Chess world, Anand is a spokesperson for children with cerebral palsy (Vidyasagar) . He is the chief mentor of the Westbridge Anand Chess Academy that looks to mentor and train India’s highest talents . He is fluent in German, Spanish and French. His travels have taken him close to 50 countries. He is especially fond of Nature and Wild Life. He enjoys wildlife safaris and following nature programs .He is an ambassador of WWF, a role he is very passionate about. Anand is a keen follower of current affairs, world business and astronomy. He has the unique distinction of having a planet named after him."