Jayalalithaa honours new World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen


Chennai, 25th November, 2013:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister  Jayalalithaa on Monday awarded the new world chess championship to Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen, who dethroned India's Vishwanathan Anand, a five-time world champion in the world chess championship 2013, held in Chennai last week. At a prize distribution ceremony held in Hotel Hyatt Regency here, 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. Anand, who lost the crown in his home city, was rewarded with prize money of Rs 6.03 crore 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. Carlsen is a Norwegian is  No. 1 ranked player in the world. His peak rating is 2872, the highest in history.




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