Susal and Esha lead at half way mark

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Reigning National Chess Champion Susal de Silva of Nalanda College is leading the pack at the half way mark (6 rounds) at the Sri Lanka National Chess Championship 2022, while Esha Mihisha Pallie of Visakha Vidyalaya took the lead in the Sri Lanka Women’s National Chess Championships 2022 with 5 points out of 6 games. 

Susal is performing well with 5 straight wins and one draw (his last game with Nabil Nazar of Gateway College) to score 5 ½ points. Former National Chess Champion Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage is in 2nd spot with 4 ½ points, while Achintha Shamane Kaluarachchi and Isuru Alahakoon are tied for 3rd place with 4 points each.

Esha is also unbeaten. She had 4 straight wins and 2 draws to score 5 points out of 6 games. Janandani Abeysinghe, Sanudula Dahamdi and WIM Sachini Ranasinghe are tied in 2nd spot with 4 points each.

 The two events are conducted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka (CFSL) and has a prize pool of nearly Rs.500,000/-. The winner of the Open category is set to receive Rs. 150,000, while the winner of the Women’s category will receive
Rs. 100,000.

The best 14 Sri Lankan players in each segment are competing for supremacy on a Round Robin basis comprising 13 rounds.

The event is in progress from 23 April and will conclude on 1 May at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research Institute, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7. The top five players of both events will be included in the Sri Lanka National Chess teams which will play at the FIDE World Chess Olympiad in July 2022 in Chennai, India.

The balance 7 games will begin on Thursday at the same venue at 3.00 p.m. and continue till Sunday, 1 May. The awards ceremony will be held thereafter at 7.00 p.m.  (IR)