Born on 11 December 1969, Vishwanathan Anand is an Indian chess Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion and is popularly known as “Vishy”. His achievements and title makes him one of the most popular chess players of all time. Anand has inspired a country of billions to take interest in sports. He is one of nine players in history to pass 2800 Elo on the FIDE rating list. He occupied the number one position for 21 months, the 6th longest on record.
"In chess, knowledge is a very transient thing. It changes so fast that even a single mouse-slip sometimes changes the evaluation"
"There is always the risk of being over-confident when you are preparing to face a weaker player."
"A win is a win, which is about that particular moment."
"I would never suggest to anyone that they drop school for chess. First of all even if you can make it in chess, your social skills need to be developed there."
"Confidence is very important – even pretending to be confident. If you make a mistake but do not let your opponent see what you are thinking then he may overlook the mistake."
"For every door the computers have closed they have opened a new one"
"Everyone has their nemesis. For me it was clearly Kasparov. I don’t think I want to make excuses for that."
"If revenge motivates you, go for it! But the main thing is to set your game in order."
He became India's first grandmaster in 1988. He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India's highest sporting honour. Anand has been accolade by Padma Shri, Padma Bhusan, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for his outstanding sportsmanship. His book, “My Best Games of Chess” is enlightening to all human minds.Besides being a great person, Anand actively does charity & donates to foundations for various social causes.
Anand through his quotes portrays a tough competitor to his opponents. He is a fighter & emphasis a lot in building mental strength which stimulates his inner energies. He is open to ideas from critics. His inspirational quotes also talks about the calculative moves which brings the thinker in oneself. His quotes inspire the youth to be strong in the battlefield & be strategic, similar to the game of chess. His love for astronomy, mathematics & numbers also attracts youth towards the same. He is health conscious & is mentally strong – is the cue which his followers draws inspiration from.