Viswanathan Anand has been one of the most successful and acclaimed sportsmen in the country claiming world championships for more than two decades and has brought a game like chess on the forefront. Over the years, he has notched the prestigious Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan national honors for his accomplishments. He received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest honor in sports, to cement his legacy.

At the Leuven leg of the Grand Chess tour, India’s number one chess player Vishwanathan Anand may have hinted at a possible retirement.

“I think I was playing mental. I think I should not bother playing like this. It makes no sense, there is no point playing chess like this.” said Anand in an interview with grandmaster Maurice Ashley following his disappointing performance. Anand ended up finishing 8th in a 10-man competition of the world’s elite chess players. A final score of 8.0/18 was not enough.

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His accolades around the world have earned him plaudits and Anand has become a stalwart in the field of chess, inspiring a generation of chess players from India to following in his footsteps.

The rumors of retirement have popped up with Anand rubbishing all the rumours with incredible performances on the chess table. His 2014 Candidates tournament victory against Magnus Carlsen shortly after losing to the latter at an earlier event solidified Anand as one of the greatest to ever play the mind game of Chess.