Viswanathan Anand wins 2016 Chess Champions Showdown

Posted on:16 Nov 2016 09:26:53

Viswanathan Anand wins 2016 Chess Champions Showdown
16 November 2016 Current Affairs GK: Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand clinched the 2016 Champions Showdown in St Louis, United States. Anand finished with 15 points to edge past three other grandmasters  Hikaru Nakamura, who finished second, Fabiano Caruana (third) and Veselin Topalov (fourth).

The tournament saw each competitor play 24 matches, including two classical round robins, two rapid round robins and four blitz round robins. Anand won seven and drew 16. His only defeat came on the final day against Nakamura.

Viswanathan : Viswanathan "Vishy" Anand is an Indian chess Grandmaster and a former World Chess Champion.

Anand became India's first grandmaster in 1988. He held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002. He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. He then defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov and in the World Chess Championship 2012

Anand was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India's highest sporting honour. In 2007, he was awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award.

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