The new world chess champion, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen (R) receives the trophy from the president of the World Chess Federation (Fide), Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (2L) and chief minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa (L) during a presentation ceremony in Chennai. (AFP Photo)
Newly-crowned world chess champion Magnus Carlsen on Monday took home a prize money of Rs. 9.90 crore after he beat India's Viswanathan Anand in a keenly watched contest that spanned over 10 days.
Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa gave away the prize money and trophies to the Norwegian sensation and the Indian veteran at a short ceremony in Chennai that lasted about ten minutes.
Carlsen, the second youngest player after Garry Kasparov to win the coveted chess title, was awarded a gold-plated trophy, whose design was handpicked by Jayalalithaa, gold medal and an olive wreath at the private hotel where the two players had vied for the championship last week.
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 runner-up prize money of Rs. 6.03 crore, a silver plaque and silver medal.
Fide president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presented the respective medals to Carlsen and Anand.