In 2007 the world chess title became unified and Anand's victory in the FIDE World Chess Championships in Mexico City placing ahead of Vladimir Kramnik. In 2008, Anand would go onto to defeat Vladimir Kramnik with a decisive 6 ½ to 4 ½ victory. Anand had cemented himself the strongest chess player in World, a distinction that he holds even to this day, with maybe the exception of the World's top rated player Magnus Carlsen. Anand has been a fighting champion. In 2010 he successfully defended his title in a very controversial and match vs. Veselin Topalov 6 ½ to 5 ½ . Most recently, in 2012 he defended his title against Boris Gelfand. After being tied 6 to 6, Anand would retain the title in a blitz playoff. He is scheduled to defend his title once again in 2013.
Vishwanathan Anand has proven to be a formidable World Champion and possibly the most consistent leading chess player in the past 20 years. Vladimir Kramnik has described Anand's legacy as one of the most versatile World Champions in history. He has won several championships and major tournaments in just about every format. Like many of the game's greats Anand has a special talent for rapid chess, and has long been considered the World's foremost blitz player. He is also one of just a handful of players to achieve an ELO of over 2800, with a peak rating of 2817 on November of 2011. Funny and Likeable, Vishwanathan Anand has become a national hero in India and has been the recipient of numerous state awards and honors.
Some famous Vishy Anand Quotes:
"For me chess is not a profession. It is a way of life, a passion."
"Confidence is very important, even pretending to be confident. If you make a mistake but do not let your opponent see what you are thinking then he may overlook the mistake."
"The impact that Vishy made for chess in India is unsurpassed. He is a national hero in his homeland and he has revolutionized Indian chess." – Susan Polgar