Special rasam awaits Anand on his return to Chennai

As Viswanathan Anand won the World Chess Championship for the fifth time yesterday, preparations are on for a grand Chennai home coming. Anand defeated Boris Gelfand of Israel in a tense rapid chess tie-breaker to become the World Chess Champion for a fifth time.

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When CNN-IBN asked Anand's parents about their plans, his father Viswanathan Iyer said, "He is fond of my wife's rasam. So he is going to enjoy it when he is here."

Well the rasam also has a special ingredient. "It is mother's love," said Susheela Iyer, Anand's mother.

This was Anand’s fifth World Championships title and fourth crown in a row. The Indian chess wizard bagged his first world title in 2000 before winning three in a row in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He has been the world champion since 2007.

Anand will pocket approximately $1.4 million — 55 percent of the total prize fund of $2.55 million — while Gelfand will get the remaining amount.

The Indian ace won the 2007 crown in a tournament format among eight players. In 2008 and 2010, he beat Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria respectively after the format changed to championship match between the defending champion and a challenger.


Updated Date: May 31, 2012 12:48 PM