Sushila was 79 and died in her sleep. Here is a tribute to the amazing lady who made Viswanathan Anand what he is today.
Sushila Viswanathan, mother of chess champion Viswanathan Anand passed away in her sleep on Tuesday, May 26 in Chennai.
The 79 year old lady was known for her impeccable contribution to Anand’s successful chess career.
Sushila found Anand’s interest in chess when he was just five. Since then she has supported him, taught him basic moves of chess and even accompanied him to the tournaments when he became a professional player.
“I don’t want to say that I was behind his achievement. A mother has to be by the side of the child taking baby steps in any field. In my case, it happened to be chess,” she said in one of her interviews earlier.
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This mother of five times chess champion hailed from a family of lawyers who played chess and it came naturally to her.
She made sure that her son who was keen on learning the skills not just becomes a chess player but a chess champion.
Sushila has been an inspiration to many mothers and given them strength to stand by their children and support them to follow their dreams. The strong lady will surely be missed.
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