Anand happy with ''Rock Star'' reception

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) ''It was just fantastic'' World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand said about the reception he received on his arrival at the I G International airport here early today.

''It was a rock star reception, it was just fantastic, I never expected so many people to be there at late night,'' Anand said.

The unassuming champion was apparently showing his magnanimity as the scene at the airport smacked of a total chaos.

Anand, who won the World title second time, was given a rather unruly and chaotic welcome as the organisers failed to handle the situation.

The planned cavalcade did not happen and Anand was forced to leave the airport amidst chaotic scenes, without even meeting the media for the planned interaction.

However, the ''Chess King'' tried to keep his cool for most of the time, he did not throw any tantrums as the large number of photographers and cameramen almost climbed over each other to get a shot of the champion.

Several chess players including prodigy Sahaj Grover were there but did not get a chance to meet the Champion.

With the local chess association and Anand's sponsors, NIIT, having organised the welcome, it was expected to be a warm reception with the champion interacting with the media and photographers and local chess players and fans, but that was not to be.

There was a lot of confusion leading to hackling, shoving and pushing as the organisers and local chess association officials tried to get photographed with Anand.

Some officials pushed aside media personnel, while trying to get pictures with the champion, leading to chaos.

The situation went out of hand as fans wearing specially commissioned T-shirts pushed around trying to get close to Anand and come into picture frames.

The Spain-based Grandmaster, who became the undisputed world Chess Champion on September 29, was returning to India for the first time since his triumph.

In the end, even Anand got upset and left quickly. Some TV cameras did manage to get a few pictures, but overall it was rather embarrassing show for those responsible for the reception.

UNI

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