CM, governor laud Viswanathan Anand
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, Governor K Rosaiah and DMK president M Karunanidhi have hailed Viswanathan Anand for retaining the world chess title for a fifth time. "I am glad to learn that you have won the world chess title for the fifth time and fourth time consecutively. You have won this much deserved title after intense nerve racking rapid tie-breaker games and proved your prowess in rapid and blitz chess. You have brought laurels both to Tamil Nadu and India," said Jayalaithaa. The governor extolled the feat by Anand.
Karunanidhi recalled that during his regime, the government had given a cash award of 25 lakh to the chess champion when he won the second title at Mexico in 2007. DMDK president Vijayakanth also praised the grandmaster.