The birthday of lightning kid - Vishwanathan Anand
Chess is not always about winning, sometimes it's simply about learning and so is life.
Born on 11th December 1969, Vishwanathan Anand learned to play chess from his mother when he was six years old. By the time he was fourteen, Anand had won the Indian National Sub-Junior Championship with a perfect score of nine wins in nine games.
At age fifteen he became the youngest Indian to earn the International Master title. The following year, he won the first of three consecutive national championships.
At age seventeen Anand became the first Asian to win a world chess title when he won the 1987 FIDE World Junior Championship, which is open to players who have not reached their 20th birthday by January 1 of the tournament year.
Anand followed up that victory by earning the International grandmaster title in 1988. In 1991, Anand won his first major international chess tournament, finishing ahead of world champion Garry Kasparov and former world champion Anatoly Karpov.
For the first time since the American Bobby Fischer abandoned the title in 1975, a non-Russian had emerged as a favourite to become world chess champion.
Throughout the 1990s Anand vied with Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik for position at the top of FIDE's official chess rating list. Anand's first attempt to win FIDE's world chess championship ended in 1991 when he lost in the quarter-finals to Karpov in the FIDE Knockout World Chess Championship. Because of the unusual format of the event, involving a series of short matches with quick time controls, it was boycotted by many of the top players.
Anand defended his world. champion title in 2013 against Magnus Carlsen of Norway who won the scheduled 12-game tournament after the tenth game.
The next year Anand and Carlsen had a rematch for the world championship, which ended in victory for Carlsen.
Anand is known as the "Lightning Kid" in India and is known for his quick tactical calculations, which he has proved by winning many speed titles
In 1998, he published a collection of his games, "Vishy Anand : My Best Games Of Chess" which he expanded with new games in 2021.
Let's wish the Lightning Kid a very happy birthday