Время публикации: 26.11.2014 00:03 | Последнее обновление: 26.11.2014 19:05

Sochi: Vladimir Putin congratulates Magnus Carlsen in person

As expected, the closing ceremony of the World Championship match in Sochi has been attended by President of Russia Vladimir Putin. The action took place at the Pushkin hall which had been used by Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand for playing. After the chief arbiter of the match Andrzej Filipowicz declared the result of the match, President of Russia went on the stage.

Here is his speech (the original text in Russian is on kremlin.ru):

'Dear chess friends, first of all I would like to congratulate Magnus Carlsen on his victory. Congratulations! This victory allows you to retain the title of World Chess Champion.

I would also like to thank Viswanathan Anand for the wonderful play we will all remember.

This match between the two strongest grandmasters of the planet has truly become the focal point of the entire World Chess championship cycle. Millions of chess fans from all over the world followed it. As I have just been told, there were about 2 million followers in over 100 countries every day. I am sure that the fair and fierce struggle of two equal and respectable players has met the expectations of millions of fans across the globe.

Chess is fairly considered an important part of world culture. In Russia, it has traditionally enjoyed particular respect.

We are happy and proud that the Olympic city of Sochi has hosted the decisive match for the world chess crown. This city is filled with a festive atmosphere of sports and competition, and the participants in this match have demonstrated the same qualities as the Olympic athletes did during the Winter Olympics.

This World Championship match will definitely serve further development of chess in Russia and the world at large. We in Russia have a special love for chess. Let me remind you that our country gave the world ten champions.

We have about 540 thousand people doing this sport, while the number of those who like to spend their free time over a game of chess runs into millions.

Once again, my congratulations to Magnus Carlsen on his outstanding victory. I wish you success!

Thank you for your attention. I would like to ask the President of the World Chess Federation to present the awards'.

Then, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov awarded the gold medal, the Cup and the laurel wreath to Magnus Carlsen. The World Champion, in turn, thanked the Agon company and the Russian Chess Federation for the match organized so well.

See the photo report from the closing ceremony and the video by Evgeny Surov. 



Magnus! Clean up your hands.

Magnus! Clean up your hands. Immediately.

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