Vishyanand: Planet named after Indian chess genius Viswanathan Anand
Viswanathan Anand is now flying high in the space. One of the best chess players in the world, Viswanathan Anand has got a small real estate in the space named after him.
This is a rare honor and he is the first chess player to have been given this honor. Reports suggest that planet â€˜(4538) Vishyanandâ€™ between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter was found a long time ago on October 10, 1988 by Kenzo Suzuki in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture in Japan. But till now it was not named.
Now the naming issue has been settled and the Indian chess Grandmaster Viswanathan â€˜Vishyâ€™ Anand has added yet another feather in his cap. The discoverer retains the privilege of suggesting a name for 10 years and a committee chosen from the working group of the International Astronomical Union has the final authority to finally assign a name to a numbered minor planet.
It is needless to say that Vishyâ€™s fans are excited. Michael Rudenko, committee member of the Minor Planet Center, who was invited to do the honours, decided to name it after the former world chess champion, Chess News reported on April 1. â€œThe idea of naming a minor planet for Anand was entirely my own. After careful consideration I selected him because in addition to being a great chess player he is also a gentlemen and an astronomy enthusiast,â€ Rudenko reportedly told the New Indian Express.
But this honor comes when the grandmasterâ€™s stocks are on the slide. Rudenko proposed the name â€˜Vishyanandâ€™, following the rules that require names to be 16 characters or fewer, and preferably without spaces, along with a brief citation explaining the reason for the name. And to his joy, the committee gave its nod and the name has been formally accepted. After recently losing the World Chess Championship to Magnus Carlsen, this piece of news should bring a smile to Vishy’s face.