Viswanathan Anand with the tricolour after winning final match of the World Championship against Spanish Grandmaster Alexei Shirov in Tehran. Photo: AP
2010: World Championship (12-game title-match, Sofia): Anand defeated Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) 6.5-5.5 to retain the crown.
2005: World Championship (Eight-player, double Round-robin format, San Luis): Anand tied for the second spot with Peter Svidler (Russia) with 8.5 points from 14 rounds. Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) was champion with 10 points
2001: FIDE World Championship (Knockout format, Moscow): First round: Defeated Oliver Touzane (France) 2.5-1.5; Second round: Defeated Peter Heine Nielsen (Den) 1.5-0.5; Third round: Defeated Vladislav Tkachiev (Fra) 2.5-1.5; Pre-quarterfinals: Defeated Alexei Dreev (Rus) 1.5-0.5; Quarterfinals: Defeated Alexei Shirov (Esp) 1.5-0.5; Semifinals: Lost to Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr) 1.5-2.5.