He is the fourth GM from the State

Fourth Grandmaster in chess from Andhra Pradesh Musunuri Lalith Babu of Vijayawada met former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party president Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Monday at Hyderabad, according to his mother M. Padma.

Speaking to The Hindu, she said that Mr. Naidu received her son warmly at his party office and congratulated him for his crossing a milestone and offered him all support. “It was an encouraging interaction,” she added.

On his arrival from London at Hyderabad on Sunday, Lalith met Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy at the camp office. “In the meeting that lasted for 15 minutes, the Chief Minister offered help for Lalith's future endeavours. Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, MLAs Malladi Vishnu and Vellampalli Srinivas were with the CM,” said Ms. Padma.

Meanwhile, the city's chess fraternity along with Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu, sports lovers and administrators of other sports associations are making arrangements to accord a warm welcome to the Grandmaster who is expected to arrive here on Tuesday afternoon.

Global Chess Academy president K. Rajendra and Secretary Sk. Khasim, Krishna District Chess Association president P.V.S. Nageswara Rao, secretary D. Srihari, Mustabada Chess Academy director V.R. Bobba, students of P. B. Siddhartha Arts and Science College and dozens of budding chess players will be part of the welcome party to be accorded along with a floral reception to the Grandmaster.

Krishna District Olympic Association secretary K.P. Rao and District Sports Development Officer B. Sudhakar felt that Lalith's achievement there will be spurt in the chess activity in the city.

Andhra Cricket Association, Director (Operations) M.S.K. Prasad said that he will at the station to welcome the new champion. “It is the responsibility of all the sports lovers to congratulate the champion as he won the honours against all odds”. Incidentally, the ACA funded a couple of overseas tournaments of Lalith as per the new rule of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which was meant to support other games and sports.