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Monday, November 25, 2013

Magnus Carlsen formally Crowned World Chess Champion 2013 in Chennai

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Norway's Magnus Carlsen receiving the World Chess Champion's trophy from politician and main sponsor J Jayalalitha and FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, in Chennai, on Monday / Official Website 

World No.1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway was formally crowned the World Chess Champion at a glittering, brief ceremony in Chennai on Monday afternoon.

The closing ceremony had no speeches, only background announcements in Tamil and English. National anthems of both Norway and India were also played.

Jayalalithaa gave away the winner's gold trophy to Carlsen, amid loud cheers from supporters. She also honoured the 22-year-old Norwegian with an olive garland from the Nilgiri hills, while World Chess Federation president Kirsan Illyumzhinov presented him a gold medal. Magnus Carlsen earned US $1,582,732/€ 1,169,883 for his efforts. Anand, who lost the crown in his home city, was rewarded with prize money of US $964,028/€ 711,021 and a silver medal.

Carlsen became the new world chess champion after defeating Anand by 6.5-3.5 in 12 game match held between November 7 and 22. The crucial tenth game went in a draw and favoured Carlsen to claim the title.

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand, who had checked out of the Presidential Suite on Saturday morning, came directly from his home and left after the ceremony. The ceremony lasted 15 minutes and started a few minutes ahead of the scheduled time.

Anand was dressed formally in tie and jacket and Carlsen had his jacket on. The venue was the same hall in which the ten games were played. Over 500 people attended the crowded ceremony which also witnessed huge security personnel both inside and outside the hotel.

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  • At November 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM , Anonymous Aks, Chennai said...

    Congratulations once again to the new World Champion. However, my favourite World Champion remains Alexandra Kosteniuk after Anand. Yes Yes I can be snobbish enough to write it here. Heh.

  • At November 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM , Anonymous J.L. Vienna said...

    Congratulations to Norway and Carlsen fans.

  • At November 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM , Anonymous Sebastian Wolff, Chennai said...

    I would like to see Alexandra Kosteniuk as world champion in men's section. She is fully capable considering she has beaten both Carlsen and Anand and Aronian before and Hou Yifan and Judit Polgar and Muzychuk ... Her victims are the A-list


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