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No hero's welcome for Harikrishna

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, DEC. 1. It was a reception that wasn't befitting the newly-crowned world champion.

Pentyala Harikrishna, World Junior Chess champion, arrived to a quiet welcome at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here this evening, save for a few fans who cheered him.

A beaming Harikrishna hugged his father, P. Nageswara Rao, mother, Padmavathi, and soon was joined by his grandfather, Ranga Rao.

The champion's face lit up when he saw his sister who came with her friends and neighbours.

Greater expectations

He seemed to be just waiting for this occasion. "Definitely there will be more pressure on me because of greater expectations. But it shouldn't be a problem," he said.

Acknowledging the influence of playing along with his childhood hero, Viswanathan Anand, in the recent Olympiad, 18-year-old champion said the crown would spur him to win big titles in future.

"I badly need a second and it is going to be a very costly affair. I am desperately looking for a sponsor," Harikrishna said.

The Andhra Pradesh Chess Association president, D.T. Nayak, said the association would try to rope in sponsors to help the player.

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