Indian Chess Grandmaster who notably won five World Chess Championships between 2000 and 2012.
He started playing chess at age 6, after being taught by his mother.
He has won many of India's highest civilian and sports honors, including the Padma Vibhushan and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
He has two older siblings, his sister, Anuradha, and a brother, Shivakumar. He married Aruna Anand in 1996. He and Aruna have a son named Akhil.
He attended a presidential dinner hosted by Manmohan Singh in 2010.