National Chess Championship from 23 April

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The Sri Lanka National Chess Championships 2022 (Open & Women) will be held on 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30 April and 1 May at the Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research Institute, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7.

Sri Lanka’s top 14 Men and top 14 Women will compete in the events, which will comprise 13 rounds. It will also be considered as a selection event for the Sri Lanka National Men’s and Women’s Teams for the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 (Top five players) and the Asian Games 2022 (subject to confirmation from Olympic Committee).

National Champ Susal de Silva and No.1 ranked (over 2300) Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage play as direct entries in the Open event. Harshana Thilakarathne (over 2300) has withdrawn from the event.

Women’s National Champion Tharushi Niklesha had also to unfortunately withdraw from the event due to academic reasons.

The Golden Jubilee Gift

The Chess Federation of Sri Lanka has decided to increase the prize fund by 50%, considering it is their Golden Jubilee this year, and the total fund now amounts to Rs. 498,000.

Winners will be awarded cash prizes along with the Trophy and Medals.

List of players:

(Open) – Susal de Silva, Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage, S.D.B.K. Senevirathne, Isuru Alahakoon, Nabil Nazar, Brijeash Saravanabhavan, Thumula Kiriella, Lisara Tennakoon, Buddhika Amarasinghe, Dhanushka Yatigammana, Achintha Shamane Kaluarachchi, Chandana Wijekoon, N.P.G. Sithija Lahiru and Elath Mathanga.

(Women) – Minethma Lasandi Wickramasinghe, Wishwara Mapa, Sanudula Dahamdi, Nemindi Lianaya Ramanayake, Tiyumi Yashora, Pasindi Yathra Wijesuriya, Yasasi Geemini Abeysekara, Desandi Dihansa Gamage, Oneli Withanawasam, W.M.M.N. Wijesinghe, Chamodya Yapabandara, Esha Pallie, Sachini Ranasinghe and Janandani Abeysinghe.

(IR)