Viswanathan Anand, a former World Chess Champion, was born on 11 December 1969 at Tamil Nadu’s Mayiladuthurai. His family moved to Chennai shortly thereafter, where he grew up. Vishy is a well-respected, unassuming, simple person who focuses only on his game and keeps away from controversies. His former chess rivals like him even. Vishwanathan Anand is the best Chess player of his generation. He won the World Chess Championship continuously in -2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012. Vishwanathan Anand was born to Sushila Viswanathan and Krishnamurthy Viswanathan. He is the youngest of three children.
His sister Anuradha is 11 years older to him and brother Shivakumar is 13 years older to him. Vishwanathan Anand’s mother passed away at the age of 79, on May 26 2015. Sushila was a big chess enthusiast. She hailed from a family of lawyers that played chess. Vishy’s mother taught him the basic moves from the age of six, and nurtured him into a champion. She also helped and managed the career of her. She shaped up Vishy’s chess in his formative years. No doubt, Sushila Vishwanathan’s contribution towards her son’s success was immense. Shiva Kumar- Anand’s elder brother works as a manager at Crompton Greaves and Anuradha- his elder sister serves as a professor at the University of Michigan in the United States. Vishwanathan Anand is married to Aruna Anand. The couple has a 4-year-old son- named Akhil.