Zia and Liza of Bangladesh wins Asian Zonal for Zone 3.2 Print
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:09
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Zia and Liza of Bangladesh wins Asian Zonal for Zone 3.2


Romesh is the 1st IM of Sri Lanka And Methmani Makes WIM

The Asian Zonal Chess Championships 2013 for Zone 3.2 was concluded in Sri Lanka making duel Champions from Bangladesh. Ziaur Rahman, the reigning Champion had a tough task but had a hard fought event to become the Champion again with 7 ½ point out of the possible 9 games. He being unbeaten had only 3 draws against two GMs Reefat Bin Sattar & Niaz Murshed and one local player Rajeendra Kalugampitiys. He beat GC Anuruddha convincingly to become the Champion which secured him a place at the next World Cup. Grandmasters, Reefat Bin Satter & Niaz Murshed were closely following Zia, but had to satisfy with the equal 2nd place having two draws in the last round with two local players TSS Pieris and Romesh Weerawardena respectively.

WIM Liza Shamima Aktar of Bangladesh had no opposition and scored a total of 8 ½ points out of possible 9, just having one draw with Manisha Sachini Gunaratne of Sri Lanka. She qualifies for the Next Women’s World cup. Reigning Champion WIM Sachini Ranasinghe had a rough event where she had two defeats against Liza and Nelunika Methmani from Sri Lanka. But, she managed to get the Silver Medal in the event with 6 ½ points. Nelunika Methmani who is just 15 years displayed excellent skill to won the Bronze medal with the WIM title scoring 6 points out of 9 games just losing to the winner. Sharmin Shrin Sultana of Bangladesh and Manisha Suchini Gunaratne of Sri Lanka also scored 6 points and won the WFM title as per the FIDE regulations for the Zonals.

Manisha WFM

Romesh Weerawardena created the Sri Lankan Chess History scoring 6 points out of 9 games, having a well erned draw with the Grand Master Niaz Murshed by becoming the 1st International Master of Sri Lanka. Prasanna Kurukulasuriya and Sajith Pieris of Sri Lanka also scored 6 points each and earned FIDE Master titles.

The Asian Zonal Chess Championship 2013 was organized by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka from 2nd to 9th February 2013 at the MAS Fabric Park Institution and Hotel, Thulhiriya, Sri Lanka. Forty Six Players (34 men and 12 women) from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka participated in the event. You may get the tournament details from www.chess-results.com

The Awards Ceremony was held under the patronage of Mr. Upali Gunasekara, the President of Chess Federation of Sri Lanka, Mr. Miswa Deen, CEO, MAS Institution and Mr. Luxman Wijesuriya, the President, Zone 3.2 of President.

The prize winners:



1

GM

Ziaur Rahman

2505

BAN



0

2277

48

43

2

GM

Bin-Sattar Reefat

2441

BAN

7

½

2264

48½

43½

3

GM

Niaz Murshed

2488

BAN

7

½

2246

47½

42½

4

GM

Enamul Hossain

2493

BAN

6

0

2253

49½

44½

5

IM

Mahmood Lodhi

2355

PAK

6

0

2253

44½

41

6

 

R. Weerawardane

2106

SRI

6

0

2185

46½

42

7

 

Prasanna Kurukulasuriya

2071

SRI

6

0

2120

40

36

8

 

T S S Peiris

1986

SRI

6

0

2061

39½

36½


Women

1

WIM

Akter Liza Shamima

2135

BAN



0

1731

40

37

2

WIM

S D Ranasinghe

1854

SRI



0

1756

41

38

3

 

Nelunika Methmini

1585

SRI

6



1799

43

39½

4

 

Sharmin Shirin Sultana

1990

BAN

6

1

1699

41

39

5

 

Manisha Suchini Gunaratne

1701

SRI

6

½

1735

41

39

 

Luxman Wijesuriya
Hony. Secretary – CFSL
President – Zone 3.2

Prasanna New FM

Nelunika WIM

Romesh 1st IM in SL

Sajith New FM

Liza Aktar

Ziaur Rahman


 
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