San Luis: The prize-giving ceremony

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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