San Luis: The prize-giving ceremony

by ChessBase
10/18/2005 – After three intense weeks in Argentina one of the most exciting world championships in memory came to an end, with a spectacular prize-giving ceremony. We bring you one of a series of picture reports while we ourselves embark on the journey back home.

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The FIDE World Chess Championship, which took place in the Hotel Potrero de los Funes Complex, in the Province of San Luis, Argentina, lasted from Sept. 27 to Oct. 16, 2005. The last day was devoted mainly to the closing ceremony, which was conducted in the playing hall. But before it started there was some outdoor activity.

A large band gathered in front of the venue to play national anthems

These musicians had learnt the anthems of Argentian, FIDE and Bulgaria

The prizes are ready for the players

Our friends the translators will assist in the prize-giving

Anand receives the Chess Oscar for 2004 from the Russian chess magazine "64" (Govenor Saá, "64" editor Alexander Roshal, Anand, FIDE President Ilyumzhinov)

Judit Polgar receives her medal

Mickey Adams with his trophy

Rustam Kasimdzhanov with his prize

Peter Leko, who was especially pleased with the slender bird

Alexander Morozevich gets his too

Veselin Topalov gets the special trophy from the Governor

Veselin (next to Ilyumdzhinov) holds up the second trophy

The two special trophies for the new World Champion

And one more: a giant cup of silver (which he will have to carry home somehow)

A final group photo of the players at the closing ceremony (Anand, Svidler, Adams, Ilyumzhinov, Topalov, Morozevich, Saá, Leko, Kasimdzhanov, Polgar and the chief arbiter)

Dusk breaks on our home by the lake in San Luis

Fireworks finsh the final day in San Luis

A fitting end to a very exciting event

All photos: Frederic Friedel, Word Chess Championship Press


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