After the last game in Chennai , I was able to post one more article, but suddenly the blog went blank after a simple plug-in update. Since I had to travel home to good (c)old Germany and had other things to do, I was not able to do the necessary repair work immediately.
In this post I want to show you a number of pictures I made after the last game and the days that followed.
In the tenth game, Carlsen only needed a draw to win the world title and a lot of TV stations came to the Hyatt to make reports. I do not know why the reporter took her shoes off.
Your blogger had to do one more radio interview. These very friendly guys came to me after every game to ask for a statement.
This is the view from the 10th floor of the Hyatt Regency. You can see all the media people eagerly waiting for the players after the 10th game.
Vishy made it, but Magnus is still missing. Vishy and Anastasiya Karlovich discuss what to do next….
…but is was not easy for Carlsen to get to his seat!
On the next day, we had a final breakfast with the team in the presidential suite of the Hyatt. Vishy and Aruna had already packed and went home with their son Akhil. In my article “Vishy Anand plans next moves” for the Indian Express, you can read about “the morning after”.
On our way to Mammallapuram on Sunday (we had time to do some sightseeing), we were surpised to see that Anand obviousy started a new career after the last game!
Anand’s parents, Viswanathan Iyer and Susheela confirmed on Monday after the closing ceremony, that their son would continue to play chess…
…which was confirmed by Aruna’s parents!
After the fastest closing ceremony I had ever seen, there was an improvised 20 minute press conference for in the press room. Susan Ninan from the “Times of India” is taking notes…
…but obviously not everybody was very excited about the final statements of the new world champion. The face of the girl in the middle speaks volumes. In the back you may spot Jon Ludvig Hammer.
Congratulations Magnus! But there is one more thing you need to do…
…sign the chess board! You may recognize the signature of Magnus, his father Henrik, Jon Ludvig Hammer and Simen Agdestein. The other side of the board is signed by Team Anand, to be displayed in the Chess Tigers Training Center in Bad Soden.