Isuru and Dinushki the new Chess King and Queen in Sri Lanka Print
Monday, 14 May 2018 07:13

Sri Lanka National and Women’s National Chess Championships 2018 were held on 4th to 13th May, 2018 at the Lions Activity Centre, Colomb 07. The 13 round, Round Robin National Chess Championships were conducted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka with a total Prize fund of Rs. 250,000/=. The best 14 payers of the year competed for each event. 13 Players each selected from the Sri Lanka National B Chess Championships 2018 and the reigning National Champions, Minul Sanjula Doluweera and Sayuni Gihansa Jayaweera were eligible as the direct entries.

Isuru Alahakoon (ELO 2102) became the Sri Lanka National Champion 2018 with 9.5/13 points for the fourth time. He had a great performance even having a default loss at the 7th round to Akila Kavinda. Isuru is one of the strongest Chess players in the country and will lead the National Chess Team to the Batumi, Chess Olympiad this year. Young, CM GMH Thilakarathne (ELO 2186) secured the first runner-up position with 9/13 points. He also had a great event, even leading at the penultimate rounds and lost in the last round to claim the Silver Medal. Akila Kavinda (ELO 2050) had to satisfy with the second runner-up position with 8.5/13 points being Bronze Medalist.

From Left-IA Thiwanka TisseraWFM Dinushki PremanathMr. Luxman WijesuriyaIsuru Alahakoon IA Erosh Jayasinghe
From Left-IA Thiwanka Tissera, WFM Dinushki Premanath, Mr. Luxman Wijesuriya, Isuru Alahakoon, IA Erosh Jayasinghe

In Women’s National Chess Championship WFM Dinushki Premanath made a great come back after several years’ absence to claim the title 10.5/13 points. She only lost to WCM Sayuni Gihansa Jayaweera in 10th round. She will lead the Dri Lanka Women’s National Chess Team to the Chess Olympiad this year. WIM Sachini Dinushima Ranasinghe (ELO 1789) had to satisfy with the 1st Runner-Up position with the nail-biting final round. She scored 10/13. Young, Tenara De Silva (ELO 1972) secured 2nd runner-up position with 8/13 points.

The Closing Ceremony of the Championships took place yesterday evening, on 13th of May, 2018 and was attended by the Mr. Luxman Wijesuriya, General Secretary Commonwealth Chess Association and Honorary Tournament Secretary of Chess Federation of Sri Lanka and other distinguished Chess figures and Chess enthusiasts of the country.

The National Chess teams of Sri Lanka was named after the event who placed first five places. The Open team will be Isuru Alahakoon, Harshana Thilakarathne, KA Akhila Kavinda, Sasith Nipun Piyumantha and Minul Sanjula Doluweera. The women’s National Chess Team of Sri Lanka will be Dinushki Premanath, Sachini Ranasinghe, Tenara De Silva, Sayuni Gihansa Jayaweera and Janadani Abeysinghe. 

Sri Lanka National Chess Championship 2018      
           
Rank Title  Name Rtg Club Pts
1   Isuru Alahakoon 2102 SL Navy Chess Club
2 CM G M H Thilakarathne 2186 Maliyadewa College, Kurunegala 9
3   AkilaKavinda 2050 University of Colombo
           
4 FM M Sasith Nipun Piyumantha 2219 Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda 8
5 FM Minul Sanjula Doluweera 2254 Royal College, Colombo 07 8
           
6   T G M Peiris 2091 Maroons Chess Club 8
7   Chamil Priyankara 2017  
8 CM Chandana Wijekoon 1943 SL Navy Chess Club 7
9 CM Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage 2003 Ananda College, Colombo 10
10   W S Vidura K Koggala 2015 Sutra Technologies (Pvt) Ltd
11   C L Jayaweera 1787 University of Peradeniya
12   R K T Dissanayake 1859 Dharmaraja College, Kandy 4
13   M A N Danushka 1883 Nf3 Chess Club
14   Lasal Jayawardana 1909 Lyceum International School, Nugegoda
           
           
           
Sri Lanka Women’s National Chess Championship 2018    
           
Rank  Title Name Rtg Club Pts
1 WFM Dinushki Premanath 1771 University of Moratuwa 10½
2 WIM S D Ranasinghe 1789 Nf3 Chess Club 10
3   Tenara De Silva 1672 The British School, Colombo 05 8
4 WCM Sayuni Gihansa Jayaweera 1739 Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda
5   H M H JanandaniAbeysinghe 1650 Mahamaya Girl's College, Kandy 7
6 WCM I U Basnayake 1726 University of Sri Jayawardhanapura
7   Sandali Kanishka Udagedara 1591 Pushpadana Girls College, Kandy
8 WFM Dilhara Ishini Wickramasinghe 1592 Musaeus College, Colombo 07 6
9 WFM K K M SachinthaKodikara 1560 Wycherley International School, Colombo 07 6
10 WFM H Y Nevanjee Dimanya Hewawasam 1571 VisakhaVidyalaya, Colombo 05 6
11   Ashvini Pavalachandran 1632 Wycherley International School, Colombo 07 5
12   Shelani De Silva 1586 University of Colombo 5
13 WIM Nelunika Methmani 1702 University of Sri Jayawardhanapura
14   W S T D Koggala 1532 University of Colombo


Open Champion
Isuru Alahakoon

Womens Champion
WFM Dinushki Premanath

 

 
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