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

17880 reads 55 comments
15 votes


  • 3 years ago


    Peter, in many countries your basketball defense is referred to as 'assault with intent to maim'. You redeemed yourself by sneaking the urSus into the nice triple portrait. Great coverage, except for under the hoop.

  • 3 years ago


    Hey great coverage. Congratulations to for its great job covering this grand event!!!

  • 3 years ago


    A supreme chess player. Interviews unfortunately are not his forte. Congrats Magnus.

  • 3 years ago


    Great photo of the defensive faul! Laughing

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks, corrected.

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen has to practice english now, because his english is not that good.

  • 3 years ago


    Please fix the money prize for Anand -- there's one more zero at the end of both numbers. Wink

  • 3 years ago


    Rs.6.03 Crores  (US $96,403/€ 71,256)

    Rs.9.90 Crores (US $1,582,732/€ 1,169,883)

    One of those conversions cannot be correct.

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