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Grandmaster meets CM, gets 2cr cheque

Chennai: Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand on Wednesday received a cheque for Rs 2 crore from Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa for his World Chess Championship triumph in Moscow last week. The chief minister invited Anand and his wife Aruna to the secretariat and the meeting at her chamber lasted a little more than 20 minutes.

Anand and Aruna came to the secretariat around 2.30pm accompanied by World Chess Federation vice president D V Sundar and All India Chess Federation president J C D Prabahakaran, who is also the MLA from Villivakkam. The officials waited outside while Anand and Aruna were asked to proceed directly to the CM’s chamber.

“It was a very informal meeting and she asked too many questions. She is very knowledgeable about chess, she asked him how he trained, which was his next tournament and discussed the Moscow match in detail,” Aruna, Anand’s wife-cum-manager explained.

Prabhakaran said the CM’s appointment was fixed on the day Anand came back from Moscow as the secretary of sports and the SDAT Chairman were present at the airport receiving him at the instance of the chief ministerEmerging from the meeting with the CM, Anand told the waiting reporters that more than 32,000 chess clubs in government and government aided schools across the state would be fully operational in a couple of years. Expressing appreciation with the state government’s initiative of introducing chess in the school curriculum for the 7 to 17 age group, Anand said support from corporates would in course of time help take the game to another level in the state. “I hope the next chess champion will also be from Tamil Nadu,” he said. Replying to a question whether he would coach aspiring players, Anand said he was open to offers. The government released a special booklet in honour of the chess champion on the occasion.

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