Sri Lanka wins Six Gold Medals at the Asian School Chess Championship 2008 Print
Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:01

Report by Luxman Wijesuriya, Hon. Secretary of Sri Lanka Chess Federation

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The Sri Lankan's Oshadee Kottahachchi (Royal College), Sachini Ranasinghe (Musaeus College), Udith Jayasundara (Nalanda College), Nimantha Saranapala (Royal College), Yenushi Samindya Gallage (Dharmashoka College) and Amandhi Nayanathara Jayasooriya (Sujatha Vidyalaya) won Gold medals at the Under 15 Boys, Under 15 Girls, Under 13 Boys, Under 11 Boys, Under 9 Girls and Under 7 girls of the 4th Asian School Chess Championship held at Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo from 8th to 15th December 2008. On behalf of the Asian Chess Federation , the Championship was conducted by Chess Federation of Sri Lanka in 2 separate sections as Girls and Boys in 5 age groups, under 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15 years totaling 10 Asian school events. The closing ceremony was held in grand level at the Grand oriental Hotel under the patronage of Hon. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, The Minister of Construction and Engineering Services and Pr. Mehrdad Pahlavanzade, The Treasure of Asian Chess Federation. Five countries, India, UAE, Lebanon and Iran along with Sri Lanka participated in the event.

List of all participants

Kottahachchy who won a Bronze medal in the World Youth Chess Olympiad in Turkey this year scored a total of 6 ½ points out of possible 7 games while Sachini got 3 ½ out of five games in their Championships. Udith Jayasundara scored 5 ½ and Nimantha Saranapala also scored 5 ½ in their Champion score out of seven games. Yenush was the only Sri Lankan who scored total 7 points out of seven games in under 9 years girls while Nayanathara scored 5 ½ out of 7 games in the under 7 girls event. Other four events were won by Indian players, under 13 Girls by Anjana S Krishna with 8 points out of 9, Under 11 Girls by Sunya Sakta Satapathy with 7 points out of 7, Under 9 Boys by Y Grahesh with 8 points out of 9 Under 7 Boys by Pranav Reddy scoring full 9 points out of 9 games.

The 5th Asian School Chess Championship 2009 and Asian Junior Chess Championship 2009 are also to be held in Sri Lanka next year. All medal winners are as given below:

Under 7 Girls

Gold Jayasooriya Amandi Nayanathara SRI 5½ 
Silver Danawalavithana D.W.Apurwa G.H. SRI 5 
Bronze Bandara R.M.Sadhadhini SRI 4½

Under 7 Boys

Gold Pranav Gongi Reddy IND 9 
Silver Lahiru N.P.G.Sithija SRI 8 
Bronze Haputhanthri H.L.N.B. SRI 6

Under 9 Girls

Gold Gallage Yenushi Shamindya SRI 7 
Silver Abeykoon B.G.M.Lithmi Mindula SRI 6 
Bronze Silva E.Nisini Nethmila SRI 5

Under 9 Boys

Gold Grahesh Y. IND 8 
Silver Sriram S. IND 7 
Bronze Shahi Harshal IND 6½

Under 11 Girls

Gold Satapathy Sunya Sakta IND 7 
Silver Jayaratne J.P.Savindi Sanchana SRI 6 
Bronze Chandrasiri Anuththara SRI 5

Under 11 Boys

Gold Saranapala Nimantha SRI 5½ 
Silver Raghav Srivathsav V. IND 4½ 
Bronze Chahrour Ibrahim LIB 4½

Under 13 Girls

Gold Krishna S. Anjana IND 8 
Silver Premanath Dinushki SRI 8 
Bronze Nanayakkara Janani SRI 6½

Under 13 Boys

Gold Jayasundara P.K.U.M. SRI 5½ 
Silver Antonio Viani D'cunha IND 5½ 
Bronze Saleh Mirzaei IRI 5

Under 15 Girls

Gold Ranasinghe Sachini SRI 3½ 
Silver Wanasinghe Lakshika SRI 3 
Bronze Dassanayake Ruvini SRI 2½

Under 15 Boys

Gold Kottahachchy K.O.V. SRI 6½ 
Silver Perera W.C.C. SRI 6 
Bronze Egodage Keshan Nayanajith SRI 6

Photos from the event

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