28 May: Tiebreak for the crown
On the first day of the match, the trophy for the winner of the match was shown in the VIP lounge for a few minutes, and I managed to take a few pictures. Well, nobody asked me NOT to take pictures, to be precize! However, I decided not to publish them, because I thought that it would be annoying for the organizers if a picture of the trophy would be published at the start of the match on a blog and not on the official website. Therefore I decided to wait a bit, but after the 12th game today, the trophy was officially presented in the VIP room by the artist, Andrey Molchanovsky. So finally, I can open my vault and share the pictures with you.
Carefully packed in a wooden box…
And here it is…unboxed!
On the first match day, only a few people were allowed in the VIP lounge to take a look at the trophy: you may recognize Ilya Levitov, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Andrey Filatov. Next to Filatov is the creator of the sculpture, Andrey Molchanovsky.
Irina Lebedeva, the director-general of the State Tretyakov Gallery, is carefully studying the trophy.
A proud artist showing his work. More information about Andrey Molchanovsky can be found on his website http://www.molchanovsky.com/.
You can recognize the crown in the chessboard. The trophy is made of gold and bronze, the chessboard is made of optical glass. The trophy weighs about 8 kg.
A closer look at the crown…
The inscription on the socket reads: World Chess Championship 2012.
HWS is excited and has a chat with Molchanovsky: “Can I have one, pleeeeeaaaaaase?”
There is additional prize for the winner, sponsored by the Tretyakov Gallery.
I don’t know if these are the championship games that are inscripted, but it looks nice. You can also see the chess pieces on the trophy.
“No Sir, you cannot take this as handluggage, please leave it here.”
Your Chessurfer with the trophy. Picture taken by Dirk-Jan ten Geuzendam.