Viswanathan Anand (Tamil: விஸ்வநாதன் ஆனந்த் (visvanātaṉ Anant), born December 11, 1969 in Madras, India.'s A chess grandmaster and has been since 2007 the World Chess Champion recognized by FIDE. In 2000 Anand is world champion FIDE Chess after winning the final against Alexei Shirov. He would lose the title in 2002, after falling in the semifinals against Vassily Ivanchuk, who in turn lost the final against Ruslan Ponomariov. By winning the World Chess Championship 2007 he became the undisputed world champion of the specialty, revalidaría title in October 2008 after defeating Russian Vladimir Kramnik in a match to twelve games in which they won by a score of 6.5 to 4.5, in May 2010 by defeating Bulgarian Veselin Topalov also twelve games, with a score of 6.5 to 5.5., and in May 2012 by defeating Boris Gelfand.