NAME: Viswanathan "Vishy" Anand
BIRTHDATE: December 11, 1969
BIRTHPLACE: Madras, India
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.