Carlsen Crowned World Champion (After Enjoying Some Football & Basketball)

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/25/13, 2:43 AM.

At a very brief closing ceremony Magnus Carsen was officially crowned World Champion on Monday at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Chennai, India. Carlsen, who won his match against Viswanathan Anand last Friday with a 6.5-3.5 score, received a silver & golden trophy, a golden medal and a cheque by the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Ms J Jayalalithaa and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

The ceremony, which took place in the same ballroom as where the match was held, started ten minutes too early, and lasted only about fifteen minutes. Outside hundreds of police officers took care of security, inside it was Anand who was first called on stage. He received a silver plate with 'runner up' in big letters, a silver medal and a symbolic cheque of Rs.6.03 Crores  (US $964,028/€ 711,021) although it's more likely that a fixed amount in dollars was agreed with the players.

Anand received his medal from Kirsan Ilyumzhinov...
...and a silver plate by  Ms J Jayalalithaa herself

Then it was Carlsen's turn to be greeted on stage, and he first received a gold medal, and then the traditional laurel wreath that was made of olive leaves from the Nilgris mountains in Tamil Nadu. The Norwegian, who will turn 23 on Saturday, also received a silver & golden trophy that was too heavy to be held up by himself! His symbolic cheque was worth Rs.9.90 Crores (US $1,582,732/€ 1,169,883).

Ilyumzhinov first gives the gold medal...
...then the laurel wreath...
...followed by a heavy trophy!
Photo © Tamil Nadu Government
Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich

There were no speeches, and so the ceremony was a short affair. The 'Tamil Thaivazlthu' was played, as well as the Norwegian anthem and the FIDE anthem. Over 500 people attended, including dozens of media representatives.

The two prizes

After the ceremony it once again became clear how much media attention this match received. Carlsen and his team sat down for a moment in the VIP room right next to the ballroom, and when the Champion stood up and showed his medal, a huge number of photographers and cameramen harrassed him, shouting and screaming.

Yes, it was that crazy

The same happened a bit later, when he gave another special press conference for the local Indian media. At the moment of writing, chess journalists are having a hard time arranging an interview with Carlsen for their magazines!

Showing the trophy to the media... the press room

Below is a brief interview by Susan Polgar done right after the ceremony.

He sure does like sleeping but on Friday night, after he won the title, Magnus Carlsen stayed up until about six in the morning. For many hours he played poker with team members and other friends, and before that there was a party in the lobby of the hotel. That's where this picture was taken:

Magnus &! Left Peter Doggers, right Michael Szalontay | Photo © Lennart Ootes
On Sunday Carlsen did what he likes to do most when there's no chess: playing football and basketball! There were matches between Team Carlsen and Media in both disciplines, held in an indoor pitch in a school. Below are a few pictures of that as well:
Doing some Sunday sports in the Santhom School in Chennai
Magnus wearing a "Michael Jordan" shorts and scoring at both football...
...and basketball (here with Jon Ludvig Hammer, who arrived right after the match)
Yours truly in a failed attempt... | Photo © Erlend Aas / NTB Scanpix defend against this guy! Sorry Magnus! Laughing | Photo © Erlend Aas / NTB Scanpix

17891 reads 55 comments
15 votes


  • 3 years ago


    Is Carlsen really that good (Anand did not win any games) or

    did Anand really play under his normal excellence?

  • 3 years ago


    @skattman -- the article is about Carlsen's world title win and Carlsen calls the round ball game football, like all Europeans (and many others), so it seems entirely reasonable to call it that here.

  • 3 years ago


    Someone tell Doggers it's called soccer or at least call it european football so we know what he is talking about.

  • 3 years ago


    Never in the field of human conflict....etc. so who do you owe your victory to ?

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks a lot for the coverage. Great stuff and nice pictures. I am already looking forward for the next WC match - whoever will try his luck against Carlsen

  • 3 years ago


    congratulation to anand and carlsen.they played very well.congratulation to the new champion

  • 3 years ago


     Magnus Carsen poor spelling! about the 10th word! lol

  • 3 years ago


    The interview is gone now... Too bad I didn't get a chance to see it.

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    Anand played badly pawns then it is a party in bad strategies with a patient  Carlsen

  • 3 years ago


    "We now have an official agreement for Magnus Carlsen to do an exclusive interview with Peter Doggers, asking questions from *YOU* - the Community!"

    Thank you IM Rensch/, I was hoping you'd say that Smile

    Congratulations again to Magnus Carlsen, this indeed is an exciting new era for chess!  Also, thanks to Vishy Anand for playing so well over the years, and for setting a positive example for all chess players.  He's equally admirable off the board and it's a shame to see him go down.  Perhaps he will regroup and attempt a comeback! 

  • 3 years ago



    In case you didn't know, Vishy was the world number one at the time and fought for top-spot with Topalov and Kramnik (former word no. 1's) before Carlsen came and beat them all. Congrats to both of them.

  • 3 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Hey everyone!

    We were waiting for official word from Peter (still on site in Chennai) that "Team Magnus" had agreed, BUT...

    We now have an official agreement for Magnus Carlsen to do an exclusive interview with Peter Doggers, asking questions from *YOU* - the Community!

    Go post your questions for Peter to review! The best will be asked tomorrow!


  • 3 years ago


    I wonder if the player who thinks Anand won the world championship in 2007 'by chance' thinks that his successful defences in 2008, 2010 and 2012 were similarly random.

    It's usually a good idea to get at least a vague idea of your subject matter before posting to a forum.    

  • 3 years ago



    Media Team Peter Doggers

    Suspended until further notice


    lol. Love that last picture

  • 3 years ago

    champ_1988 thank you very much for such a excellent coverage of championship...Due to your updates I am able to see all detailed analysis and saw all moves of all the matches though I was  in very busy schedule.

    Thanks a Lot once again

  • 3 years ago


    love that last pic too muchLaughing

  • 3 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    its great 2 win the open 1st wchessc

  • 3 years ago


    joker & loser: EhsanBalani; not even a 1300 player online talking about a winner

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