Russian State Award for Chess Stars Anand, Gelfand!
Hello chess blog friends, a quick chess update via www.chess-news.ru states that more than two years after the World Chess Championship held in the Tretyakov State Museum in Moscow, Russian president Vladimir Putin awarded the participants of the match Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand with the Order of Friendship "for their contribution in strengthening friendship and cooperation with the Russian Federation, for developing economical, scientific and cultural ties."
The then World Chess Champion and Challenger had met the President on May 31 in 2012 immediately after the match had finished in Anand's favour.
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