It is great joy for all Indians: PM tells Viswanathan Anand

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New Delhi, Oct 1 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today congratulated Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand on becoming the undisputed World Chess Champion, stating that his victory was a moment of pride for the nation.

"It brings great joy to me personally and to all Indians that you have won the World Chess Championship. It is indeed a moment of pride for the nation. I wish you continued success in the years to come," Dr Singh said in a message.

Anand, who last won the world championship in 2000 at New Delhi, drew his 14th and final round game against Hungarian Grandmaster Peter Leko in the World Chess Championship 2007 at Mexico City on Saturday and finished with a overall score of nine points to be crowned the World Champion solely.

The second place went to defending champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia.

By winning the crown, Anand became richer by 360,000 dollars.


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