Five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand’s father, K Viswanathan, died in Chennai on Thursday following temporary sickness. He was 92 and breathed his final at a metropolis hospital, household sources stated.
A former General Manager of the Southern Railway, Viswanathan is survived by two sons and a daughter.
Anand’s spouse Aruna described him as an important help to the celebrated chess participant.
“He was a great support to Anand. He witnessed all of Anand’s world championship victories,” Aruna stated.
“A simple man, he made sure his son had the right values. He took great pride in his achievements,” she added.