TN CM hands over cash award to chess players for winning medals, Viswanathan Anand calls ‘proud moment’

07 Oct 2021 14:10 STI

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]Oct. 7 (ANI): After receiving a cash bonus for winning medals at the FIDE World Online Chess Olympiad, Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand said it was a proud moment for chess in the Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MP Stalin offered cash incentives to Viswanathan Anand, Mariappan Thangavelu and state players who won medals at the FIDE World Chess Championship and Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020.
“A check for Rs 20 lakh for winning gold at the FIDE 2020 World Online Chess Olympics, as well as a check for Rs 10 lakh for winning bronze in 2021,” CMO Tamil Nadu tweeted.

In response to the above tweet, Anand wrote: “A proud moment for Tamilnadu Chess. Thank you sir.”
At the 2021 FIDE Online Olympiad, the US team beat India in the semi-finals last month. The semi-final match between India and the United States of America was an uphill battle in which the United States ultimately prevailed in the blitz tiebreaks.
The first game fell 5-1 to the side of the Indian team who were absolutely ruthless in the first game. Anand, Harikrishna, Harika and Vaishali scored the wins for the team while Humpy and Nihal drew. The United States team then scripted a commendable comeback by winning the second match 4-2 and forcing tie-breaks.
In the tie-breaks, Team USA beat India 1.5-4.5 by a huge margin. (ANI)

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