Seneviratne and Minethma take top honours

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15-year-old S.D.B.K. Seneviratne of Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala and Minethma Lasandi Wickramasinghe of Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara won the Sri Lanka National (Premier Division) Chess Championships 2022, Open and Girls events respectively. 

Men’s Event

Seneviratne won eight games and lost two to score 8 points.

Veteran Isuru Alahakoon of Sri Lanka Navy, a four times National Chess Champion, won seven games, drew two games and lost one game to score 8 points.

Nabil Nazar Mohamed of Gateway College won seven games, drew two games and lost one game to score 8 points.

Brijeash Saravanabhavan of Gateway College won seven games, drew two games and lost one game to score 8 points.

The first four places were decided on the better tie breaker and accordingly Seneviratne was declared the winner, Alahakoon came second, Nabil third and Brijeash fourth. 

All four players shared the total cash award of Rs. 140,000 and each player received Rs. 35,000.

11 players – D.B.K. Seneviratne, Isuru Alahakoon, Nabil Nazar Mohamed, Brijeash Saravanabhavan, Lisara Tennakoon (Dharmaraja College), Elath Mathanga de Silva, Thumula Kiriella (Maliyadeva College), N.P.G. Sithija Lahiru, Buddhika Amarasinghe (Super Knight CC), Achintha Shamain Kaluarachchi (St. Mary’s College, Kegalle) and Dhanushka Bandara (Kandy YMCA) have qualified to participate in the Sri Lanka National Chess Championships 2022 – Finals along with the players who qualified directly – reigning National Chess Champion Susal De Silva of Nalanda College and over ELO 2300 players Harshana Thilakarathne and Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage. Chandana Wijekoon of Sri Lanka Navy has been placed on standby and will replace any player from among the 14 who withdraws.

Women’s Event

Minethma won eight games, drew one game and lost one game to score 8 ½ points and earn the title outright with Rs. 50,000 in cash.

Wishwara Mapa of Girls High Schools, Kandy won seven games, drew two games and lost one game to earn second place and Rs. 25,000 in cash. 

KM Dahamdi Sanudula of Musaeus College won seven games, drew one game and lost two games to score 7 ½ points to earn third place and 

Rs. 15,000 in cash. 

(IR)