Chennai, Apr 9 (): Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa announced in the state assembly yesterday that her government is set to host the World Chess Championship starting November 6 to 26, and would be releasing Rs 29 crore to conduct the world chess tournament.
Expressing happiness over the event which is set to take place in India for the first time, Jayalalithaa recalled her memories when World Chess Federation President Kirsan Illyumzhinov met her in 2011 and offered the proposal to hold the event in Chennai.
India was about to host the event last year, but was conducted in Russia since the country emerged the winner in an auction and put forward a higher bid due to which the event was shifted to Russia. This year the Federation without any hesitation allotted the event to Tamil Nadu making the process much easier, said Jayalalithaa.
Chess champion Vishwanathan Anand who had been a five times world champion and Norway’s Magnus Carlsen is among the top players who will be participating in the Chess competition.
The Tamil Nadu chief minister while making the announcement in the assembly said that her state is proud to hold the 2013 World Chess Championship in Chennai which the World Chess Federation (WCF) himself offered to hold without any bidding.
Jayalalithaa claimed saying that the event will not only stimulate the younger generation to take up the sport but will also help in giving confidence to the players.
Making a statement under Rule 110 in the Assembly, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said her government came forward to hold the event after World Chess Federation chief called on her at the Secretariat earlier and proposed the offer himself after which Tamil Nadu government agreed to hold the event at a cost of Rs 20 crore, while coming out of the assembly.