4538 Vishyanand: Outer space’s gift to India’s chess champion

A Minor planet, which was one among 6,50,000 such astral bodies in space was indeed named '4538 Vishyanand.'

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: April 3, 2015 7:01 pm
Viswanathan Anand, Viswanathan Anand Chess, Chess Viswanathan Anand, Viswanathan Anand NASA, NASA Viswanathan Anand, Chess News, Chess Chess ace Viswanathan Anand now has a planet named after him. (Source: ExpressFile)

Chess Grand Master Viswanathan Anand didn’t take it seriously when he came to know that a Minor planet is named after him on April 1.

After all, It was April Fool’s day.

But then he started getting calls from his friends who told him to refer NASA’s website.

A Minor planet, which was one among 6,50,000 such astral bodies in space was indeed named ‘4538 Vishyanand.’

It all began when Michael Rudenko, a committee member of Minor Planet Center, was invited to name this planet. Rudenko, being Chess enthusiast, named it after the five-time world chess champion.

Anand, in return thanked Rudenko for this gesture.

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