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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand from India, right, and Boris Gelfand of Israel in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Thursday, May 31, 2012. Putin has met with the new world chess champion Viswanathan Anad and runner-up Boris Gelfand over a cup of tea in his residence. Indias Anand beat Gelfand of Israel on Wednesday 2.5-1.5 in a rapid tiebreaker following a 6-6 draw. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Government Press Service)
According to Vosizneias report, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has met with world chess champion Viswanathan Anand and runner-up Boris Gelfand over a cup of tea in his residence. Putin lauded both players for “an outstanding game.”
India’s Anand beat Gelfand of Israel on Wednesday 2.5-1.5 in a rapid tiebreaker following a 6-6 draw played at the Tretyakov Gallery, one of Russia’s finest museums.
Anand told Putin over tea Thursday that he had learned to play chess in a Soviet cultural center in his hometown when he was a child. “So we brought this on ourselves!” Putin said.
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