news Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 05:30
Inputs from the Press Release by the Indian Chess Federation Sushila Viswanathan, the mother of five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand passed away on May 26. She was 79.  The last rites will be held at 10am on May 28 at Besant Nagar crematorium, Tamil Nadu. Sushila hailed from a family of lawyers who played chess. Besides teaching Anand the basic moves, she played and nurtured him into a champion and was instrumental in his success. When she accompanied Anand to various events like the Ahmedabad National 'B' in 1983, she made sacrifices such as staying in less comfortable accommodation to be by his side. "We recognised his talent at the right time," said Sushila Viswanathan when Anand won the World Title for the first time in Tehran 2000. At that time she was 64. "Thrilled. Anand's triumph did not come as a surprise for us." She was sure that her son would clinch the world title some day. She leaves behind her husband K Viswanathan, daughter and two sons of whom Anand is the youngest.   1980s :: Vishwanathan Anand Playing chess with his Mother pic.twitter.com/cpiA0Q6R6z — indianhistorypics (@IndiaHistorypic) May 27, 2015  

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