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Chess Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand, is India’s first chess grandmaster and has successfully won over 600 games during the length of his career. He has also recently been bestowed the honor of having a minor planet named after him, joining a select group of very few chess players that have ever been given this privilege.

The minor planet, now known as Vishyanand, was previously identified as planet 4538 and is located somewhere between the planets of Mars and Jupiter. It was originally discovered in 1988 but remained unnamed for unknown reasons. Usually, the honor of naming a star or minor planet goes to the discoverer. In this case, Michael Rudenko, as a member of the Minor Planet Center was granted this capacity as the 10 year limit on the original discoverer naming the planet had expired.

The Minor Planet Center

The Minor Planet Center is actually part of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It currently holds an amazing archive with over 675,000 asteroids and over 670,000 minor planets having been identified over the course of history. This is a great institution for anyone who is looking to explore and learn more about the amazing galaxy that we live in.

Michal Rudenko wanted to name this planet after chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand because of his love for chess and his passion for astronomy. Viswanathan has always shown an interest in viewing and studying the stars and has been found often using the Itelescope facility in order to see distant stars and planets.

Career of Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand

Most recently in his career, chess Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand, with his professional profile here at World Chess Federation, lost the World Chess Championship to Magnus Carlsen. However, the honor of having a planet named after him has seemed to smooth everything over for him. As his career could very well be reaching its end, since he is now 45, this is a great way to look back on everything he has accomplished and to possibly say his goodbyes to the professional chess world.

Chess Grandmaster Awarded A Minor Planet - Clapway
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When it comes to India’s chess history, chess Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand has definitely made his home nation proud.

As part of the World Chess Federation’s many members, Vishwanathan Anand has achieved much success in his long career. He began playing chess professionally in 1984, and won his title of International Master in 1985. He then won his title of Grandmaster in 1988. Since then he has also won over 5 different world championships and multiple tournaments throughout his long career.

The International Astronomical Union was very generous in allowing the star to be named after chess Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand and both he and Michael Rudenko couldn’t be happier for things to have turned out the way that they did. Vishyanand will serve as a reminder to the world of Viswanathan’s great achievements for many years to come.



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