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A closing and opening day for World Chess Championships (UPDATE)

Another day of media battles begins, as two ceremonies coincide (photo by Paul Truong)

Another day of media battles begins, as two ceremonies coincide (photo by Paul Truong)

The closing ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai is going to start at 12:00 local time today. It will be held at the Ball Room of Hotel Hyatt Regency, with the presence of the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Ms. J Jayalalithaa and the FIDE President Mr Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. The ceremony will mark the end of the possibly the most viewed World Chess Championship in history (expect fascinating statistics) by distributing a hefty prize fund of 2,55 million USD.

The closing ceremony will be with live video and commentary and you can follow it at the official website.

The same day the Anand – Carlsen World Championship match comes officially to an end, another World Championship battle starts. Today at 15:00 local time (14:00 CET) the World Chess Team Championship (see team compositions here) will be inaugurated.

Stay tuned for photos, details, and information all day on

More live action today: Stockfish – Komodo Superfinal live / WCTC opening ceremony / Play online at Chessdom Arena

Magnus Carlsen with the trophy

Magnus Carlsen with the trophy

FIDE World Chess Championship Prize Giving Ceremony

The prize giving ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen was held at the Ballroom of Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chennai on Monday November 25.

Grandmasters Susan Polgar and Ramesh RB introduced the ceremony from the TV Studio.

At the prize giving, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presented Viswanathan Anand and the 20th World Champion Magnus Carlsen with medals.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Selvi J Jayalalithaa handed the laurel wreath to Magnus Carlsen, and proceeded to present the players with prize checks – 9,9 crore to Carlsen, 6 Crores 3 Lakhs to Anand.

Anthems of Tamil Nadu, Norway, India and FIDE were performed at the closing.

Back in the TV Studio, Susan Polgar and Ramesh RB shared their final thoughts and signed off the FIDE World Championship live broadcast.

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