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Big responsibility for Viswanathan Anand, 5-time world champion , elected FIDE Deputy President

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: A 5-time world champion and chess veteran, Viswanathan Anand of India has got a big responsibility. Anand has been elected as the Deputy President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) on Sunday. Russia’s Arkady Vorkovich was re-elected as FIDE President. Dvorkovic got 157 votes, while his opponent Andrey Barishpolets got 16 votes. One vote remained invalid, while 5 members did not take part in the voting. The elections were held during the FIDE Congress of the global chess body, organized during the 44th Chess Olympiad here.

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Having an illustrious career, during which he won several titles and honours, Chennai’s Anand has cut down on his tournament game in recent times and focused on coaching.

He rose to prominence as a teenager and became India’s first Grandmaster to win a world junior title, and has since led the country at a global level in chess. In 2017, He also won five world titles with the last being the World Rapid title.

A 5-time world champion and chess veteran, Viswanathan Anand is not a part of the team that plays for the Olympiads but is a mentor to the Indian team. He has also expressed his desire to do something for the sport as an administrator and has supported the work done by Dvorkovic and his team in the first stint.

Before the elections, Dvorkovic spoke of keeping Anand in his team.”I am really proud that Anand is running for Vice President. He is a great man and a great personality. He has been a friend for a long time.“Already, he is extremely popular around the world. Not only in this state, wherever I go, his personality and contributions are acknowledged and recognized as a huge part of FIDE history and FIDE future. We have A really good team.”

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