Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa announces Rs. 2 crore reward for Viswanathan Anand

Updated: Jun 01, 2012, 22:24 PM IST

Chennai: Tamil Nadu government today announced Rs 2 crore reward for Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand for winning the World Chess Championship crown for a fifth time.

In recognition of his achievement in retaining the World Chess Championship crown, "Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is pleased to honour him by sanctioning a cash reward of Rs. Two crores," a state government release said tonight.

Anand defeated challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel in a tense rapid chess tie-breaker to win the World Championship crown for the fourth time in a row in Moscow on May 30.

Jayalalithaa had yesterday hailed Anand`s feat, saying he had brought laurels both to Tamil Nadu, his home state, and India.