May 4, 2010

World Championship Chess: How Anand is the Sachin Tendulkar of chess

Viswanathan Anand’s rise from teenage superstar to acknowledged champion nearing the end of his sporting ascendance has paralleled that of Sachin Tendulkar, writes Ian Roger from Sofia.

Viswanathan Anand may have won every Indian sporting title worth winning — most recently All Sport magazine’s award for Greatest Indian Sportsman of All Time — but he well knows that a loss in his current world title defence in Sofia will tarnish his legacy.

Although Anand has won the world title in almost every format of the game, he has only held the prestigious match title since 2008, when he defeated the man who ended Garry Kasparov’s long reign in 2000, Vladimir Kramnik.

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