Happy Birthday Viswanathan Anand: Born on December 11, 1969, Viswanathan Anand is India’s first Chess grandmaster and former World Chess champion. Anand, who celebrates his 50th birthday in 2019, is also the first Asian to win for successive FIDE World Chess Championship. He held the World No 1 rank in Chess for 21 consecutive months, which is the sixth-longest streak.