Friday, November 08, 2013

Viswanathan Anand: 'Perfection in chess'

In a nation where cricket is a religion and retiring superstar Sachin Tendulkar its resident deity, reigning world chess champion Viswanathan Anand holds his own as one of India's finest sportsmen.

Anand, 43, who opens the defence of his fifth world crown against Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen at home in Chennai on Saturday, has dominated the chess scene in India and abroad for almost two decades.

Anand's longevity and perseverance has often been compared with that of Tendulkar, the world's batting record-holder who ends a brilliant 24-year career later this month.

"There's certainly a case to be made for Anand being the greatest sportsperson India has ever produced," The Hindu newspaper said. "He is as much a national treasure as Tendulkar."

 Anand showed remarkable promise at an early age but, unlike many others who give up after their first major challenge, he persevered and won until there was no one else left to beat. Full story...

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