Tamil Nadu to host World Chess Championship

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Tamil Nadu to host World Chess Championship

The Tamil Nadu government will host the world chess championship contest ( 2013 ) in Chennai between November 6 and 26. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa made this announcement in the state assembly on Monday.

The championship meet will see Indian Grand Master Viswanathan Anand playing against Norwegian chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen.

“The state government has decided to host the chess championship event following a request from the world chess federation. The government will allocate ₹ 29 crore for the event,” Jayalalithaa said in the assembly.

She said the president of the World Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met her in 2011 and requested her to host world chess championship 2012 in chennai.

“I had accepted the request but it was shifted to Russia since it had mentioned maximum amount in the bid. Now the federation has requested me to host the event in Chennai without a bid,” she said.

The chief minister also said the competition between defending world champion Vishwanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, who is the number one ranked player in the world will inspire young minds in the state.

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