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New World chess champion Carlsen returns home richer by Rs 9 crore

Last updated on: November 25, 2013 18:01 IST

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Newly-crowned World chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, on Monday, took home prize-money of Rs 9.90 crore after he beat India's Viswanathan Anand in a keenly watched contest that spanned over 10 days in Chennai.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa gave away the prize-money and trophies to the Norwegian sensation and Indian veteran at a short ceremony in Chennai that lasted about ten minutes.

Carlsen is the 20th player and first Norwegian in the history of world chess to win the title. He won three games in the 12-game contest which saw seven drawn.


Image: Norway's Magnus Carlsen (centre) gestures next to his trophy after clinching the FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai
Photographs: Babu/Reuters

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Carlsen, the second youngest player after Garry Kasparov to win the coveted title, was awarded a gold-plated trophy, the design of which was handpicked by Jayalalithaa, gold medal and an olive wreath at a private hotel where the two players vied for the championship last week.


Image: Magnus Carlsen


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Anand, a five-time World champion whose title was wrested by the young challenger with a stupendous 6.5-3.5 score, had to settle for the runners-up purse of Rs 6.03 crore, a silver plaque and silver medal.

FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presented the respective medals to Carlsen and Anand.

The wreath, presented to Carlsen, was made of olive leaves from Nilgiris in the state.


Image: FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov award World Champion Magnus Carlsen


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