World Championship Mexico: the closing ceremony

by ChessBase
10/1/2007 – After his win on Saturday night Vishy Anand was treated to a fine victory dinner by his hosts. Then, on Sunday, a long day of activies followed, crowned by the celebrations and festivities of the closing ceremony, in which the new world champion was crowned. Now it is Sunday night, muy tarde – very late. Before we embark on our return trip we bring you pictorial impressions.

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World Championship 2007 Mexico

The World Championship 2007 took place from September 12 to 30 in the Sheraton Centro Histórico Hotel in Mexico City. Eight players had qualified for this double round robin. The prize fund was US $1.3 million. The winner was Indian GM Vishy Anand. Here are the final standings:

Victory dinner

After his victory on Saturday Anand was taken by the main organiser for a victory dinner

It was a to a very fine restaurant, "Hacienda los Morales", with music and wine

Our hosts: Jorge and Veronica Saggiante

Aruna and Vishy Anand enjoying the atomosphere

One of the more exotic dishes: Taco with Chapulines, grasshoppers that are considered a delicacy by many Mexicans

Anand's second Peter Heine Nielsen and German Chess Classic organiser Hans Walter Schmitt

Anand gets a cake that reads "Felicidades" (congratulations)

The Closing Ceremony

This was the first opening ceremony to which we had to walk – but with mounted security

Peter Svidler and Vishy Anand with a brisk stride

Aruna Anand and Peter Heine Nielsen with friends from Canada

The closing ceremony took place in the Palacio de Minería, half a mile from the venue

Deputy President of FIDE, Georges Makropoulos, speaks to the audience

Anand gets a laurel wreath, a Mexican "sarape" (coloured blanket) and flowers

It is the turn of the new world champion to address his audience

Anand speaks in fluent and eloquent Spanish

Mexican movie star and chess enthusiast Enrique Roche, Anand and organiser Jorge Saggiante

Anand poses with his golden World Championship medal

At the end of the ceremony there are anthems: Mexican, FIDE and Indian

Spotted in the audience: WIM Arianne Caoili, Levon Aronian's girlfriend

Outside the "Mariachis" serenade the guests

On a Sunday night at 10 p.m. people have queued up downstairs to get autographs from the players

Anand mobbed by fans, who want his signature and to be photographed with him

Unbelievable scenes, with the crowd chanting "Anand, Anand, Anand..."

Arianne Caoili and Aruna Anand wait patiently while the chess stars meet the fans

A final dinner, at the invitation of Dawat, one of the finest Indian restaurants in Mexico City

Once again Anand can relax in the circle of his closest friends

After dinner he poses with the proud owner and staff of the Dawat restaurant

Photos by Frederic Friedel in Mexico City

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