Hyderabad: P Harikrishna is back home in Hyderabad after being crowned the World Junior Rapid Chess Champion in Germany, where it was India all the way. World number 2 Viswanathan Anand won the senior category title for the sixth consecutive time. Hari says he loved the experience of playing rapid chess, a format very different from traditional chess. "Twenty minutes is given to each player and therefore, it's much quicker than normal chess. Also the pieces' position are known only at the last minute and the arbiter has the final say on where the pieces are put," explained Harikrishna. Hari ignored But back in India, it seems Hari, ranked 25 in the world with an ELO rating of 2682, will have to win many more titles. Despite the Chess Federation recommending his name for the Arjuna Award for the second year in a row, he has been ignored. "I don't know the reason why they did not give me this award. I don't know how many more titles I need to win to get the Arjuna Award," said the disappointed chess player. For now, Hari is hunting for a sponsor. His contract with Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) expired in March this year and he is looking for financial support to be the king in the world of knights, bishops and pawns.
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