[QODLink]
One on One
Vishwanathan Anand
Meet the father of the Indian chess revolution.
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2009 08:28 GMT



Watch part two

This week on One on One meet the world chess champion, Vishwanathan Anand.

With his quiet and unassuming manner, it is intriguing to hear him described as "arguably the best sportsperson India ever produced".

As a young boy in Madras, now Chennai, Vishy, as he is known, was introduced to chess when his sister took him to a club in the city.

He discovered that winners could continue playing, while losers had to go back in line. Anand hated to wait and kept thinking of how to win, a competitive hunger that has stayed with him. Today, he is considered to be the world's best-ever rapid chess player - making his moves very quickly.

India was keen to produce its first grandmaster in a game that has its roots in that country - and Anand, by far the youngest in line for the title, finally made it in 1987 - the year in which he also became the World Junior Champion. He soon gained widespread recognition in India as its chess icon.

In 1991, he played his first Linares event, in Spain - often called the "Wimbledon of Chess" and soon witnessed the power of the largely undefeated Soviet era champions - as he conceded a game to Anatoly Karpov that year.

In 1995, the year he played the legendary Garry Kasparov in a tough game, Anand married Aruna - a stranger to chess, who was soon converted and travelled with him across the world.

He won the FIDE World Chess Championship in 2000, when the sport's ruling body had split into rival groups.

After being crowned undisputed World Chess Champion in September 2007, Anand became the first non-Russian, other than the American Bobby Fisher, to hold the top rank and world title at the same time.

Referred to by some as the father of the Indian chess revolution, for inspiring a whole new generation of players, he gives simple advice to the hundreds of children asking him for tips. He says, if you enjoy playing chess - then just do it.

This episode of One on One aired from Saturday, April 11, 2009.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Featured on Al Jazeera
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Featured
Pro-Russia leaders' election in Ukraine's east shows bloody conflict is far from a peaceful resolution.
Critics challenge Canberra's move to refuse visas for West Africans in Ebola-besieged countries.
A key issue for Hispanics is the estimated 11.3 million immigrants in the US without papers who face deportation.
In 1970, only two mosques existed in the country, but now more than 200 offer sanctuary to Japan's Muslims.
Hundreds of the country's reporters eke out a living by finding news - then burying it for a price.