Moscow: Viswanathan Anand received a gold medal, prize money of USD 1.4 million (around Rs. 7.9 crores), a memento and a piece of contemporary art displaying him and challenger Boris Gelfand, for his world chess championship win at a ceremony here on Thursday.
Stating that his connection with Russia has been very deep, Anand said, "I benefitted a lot from playing chess in Russian Cultural center in Chennai and my second Grandmaster norm was also made at the Cultural center in New Delhi. The connection with Russia is quite deep, as I also played a lot of tournaments here while growing up."
Anand, who won in a nail-biting finish in rapid tie-break games, wished Gelfand good luck and mentioned that Gelfand always greeted him warmly before each game, ensuring that the match was played in the right spirit.