|NAME:||Viswanathan "Vishy" Anand|
|BIRTHDATE:||December 11, 1969|
|CREDENTIALS:||Include becoming the World Junior Chess Champion in 1987; FIDE World Champion from 2000-2002; one of the world's top players.|
Amazingly quick ability to recognize patterns on the board. Intuitive style that produces stunning combinations.
At age six, learned chess from his mom. Lives in Spain, while being a strong promoter of chess in the country where the game and himself were born -- India. Hobbies include bicycling, learning languages, yoga, reading, swimming, long walks, astronomy, and music.