Champions Rapid: Participants
Viswanthan Anand Werner Hug Anatoly Karpov Alexander Khalifman Vladimir Kramnik Judith Polgar Ruslan Ponomariov Veselin Topalov
 Viswanathan Anand
Viswanathan Anand
Anand, Viswanathan
Born 1969 in Chennai/India; Grandmaster 1988; peak Elo rating: 2803; World Champion since 2007, World Champion (FIDE) 2000-2002, FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion 2003; notable tournament victories: Reggio Emilia 1992, Moscow 1992, Dortmund 1996, 2000, 2004, Dos Hermanas 1997, Wijk aan Zee 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, Linares 1998, Morelia/Linares 2007, 2008. The "Tiger from Madras" is one of the four players in chess history to cross the 2800 Elo barrier.
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