Chess is a mind game; it is a test of your mental skills rather than your health and fitness. The chess players are expected to have powerful minds and here age is never a factor to ponder upon. Other than chess, there are sports like cricket, badminton, basketball which involves a lot of physical fitness, not to mention that age plays a major role as well; thus retirement age of those players are determined by their fitness level, unlike chess, where skills are given priority over the age of the player.
Lose the World Championship in two successive years to an opponent who is younger and more dominating than him and the retirement question arises even if you are Viswanathan Anand, former World Chess Champion; sadly, it doesn’t matter. Despite the fact that he has performed exceptionally well in almost every match and won so many awards, he is being questioned on whether he is planning to retire or not, only because he lost two big consecutive matches.
Viswanathan Anand Former World Chess Champion
I fail to understand why people forget the time when he brought glory and fame to the nation, the time when he won numerous awards worldwide and he became the face of the sport chess. Whenever we think of chess, the only person who we could relate to the game is Mr Viswanathan Anand. You can never expect a person to win each and every match that is played; it is practically impossible.
Viswanathan “Vishy” Anand was born on December 11, 1969, in Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu. After a few years, his family shifted to Chennai, where he grew up. His father’s name is Krishnamurthy Viswanathan, who was a General Manager of Southern railways, and his mother Susheela was a homemaker and surprisingly she also loved to play chess. So we can easily guess the origins of his talent; after all, it is all in the genes.
At the time, Master Viswanathan started playing chess at the age of 6, and the coaches were his talented mother and a close family friend Deepa. They might not have imagined that he will achieve so much respect, fame, awards and what not. He earned all this in his lifetime. Anand has won numerous awards. To begin with, he won India’s Chess Grandmaster in 1988. He was declared the undisputed World Chess Champion in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
During the years 2000 to 2012, he was entitled with the title FIDE World Chess Championship. In 1991-92, He was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, India’s highest sporting honour and he was the first recipient of the same. Later on, he was also honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, which is the second most important civilian award in India, in terms of prestige and importance.
This man really did a commendable job. It takes a lot of hard work, patience, consistency and luck to be at his position. He is not going to give up right now. He brushed aside talks of his retirement and stated his intentions for the future. He is currently aiming at the Candidates Tournament in 2018 and intends to win it for his country. He seems to be booked for the coming years as he is to participate in various tournaments including the Grand Chess Tour. However, he has ruled out playing in the Chess Olympiads for the time being.
He will keep himself busy by playing tournaments and ultimately it would help him to be in shape. He is a man of honour. There is a long way ahead for him and he deserves a chance to prove his worth again, and he will justify this chance for sure. He stood by us when he won… can we not stand by him when he lost? Viswanathan Anand shall not retire from Chess; he can’t!