24 June, 2021

Little Man's Rich Game

He earns more than any sportsman but money doesn't go to his head

Little Man's Rich Game
Never mind the loss, Anand is still top of the heap as the Richie Rich of Indian sport. Not Saurav Ganguly,not Mohammed Azharuddin, not even Sachin Tendulkar—not all the 11 cricketers put together—earned as much as the 'shatranj ka khiladi' did in 1997.

By qualifying to meet Karpov in the FIDE finals, Anand pocketed a cool $768,000 (Rs 3 crore), surpassing the $500,000 (Rs 2 crore) prize money cheque—the fattest picked up by any Indian sportsman in any discipline—Anand himself earned for the PCA matchup with Kasparov in 1995. There was a further $596,000 (Rs 2.38 crore) to be had in Switzerland last week which wasn't to be. Just desserts for one who had termed the FIDE format as a "lottery".

The "bread" brimmeth over. Chess experts estimate he netted roughly $300,000 (Rs 1.2 crore) in prize money by winning seven other tournaments last year. Add to that a minimum appearance fee of $25,000 (Rs 10 lakh) he reportedly commands and you're looking at a money-spinner who netted close to $1.5 million (Rs 6 crore) last year.

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