Dear Magnus!

I would like to congratulate you on the occasion of defending your title as the World Chess Champion for the second time! I am happy to share the joy and pride in the moment of one of the greatest achievements of your chess career!

Your remarkable performance during the last years has been just crowned by your achievement in this match. I do not doubt that you have brought joy to your numerous fans not only in Norway but throughout the world.

Such event cannot happen without a huge amount of team work, effort and commitment, and we have seen all three in action in the lead-in period to the event and throughout these days. My special words of gratitude to your family – it is their endless energy, initiative, persistence and wish that made this possible.

On behalf of the World Chess Federation I wish you the best of health, happiness and more brilliant victories in your chess career!

Gens una sumus! – We are one family!

Sincerely yours,
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
FIDE President

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