Pieris wins Championship for 8th time


Telge Dantha Ravindra (TDR) Pieris was declared the winner of the Senior National Chess Championship 2022 (Over 50 years) with a better tie breaker, after tying with Derrick Perera. Both players scored 5 ½ points out of 7 games.

Pieris was unbeaten throughout the championship. (The event was not held in 2021 due to the pandemic). He beat Jagath Perera, A.H. Katugampola, Derrick Perera and Ajantha de Silva, and drew against Ruwan Nandika, P.K. Chandrasiri and Sudharman Pitigala to win the Championship Trophy, the Gold Medal and a share of the Rs.15,000/= prize money. Pieris won the National Chess Championship four times (1981, 1983, 1995 and 2005) and was one of the leading players in the country during his youth.

Derrick Perera beat Antony Samuel, P.K. Chandrasiri, Varuna Mahasinghe, Ruwan Nandika and Ajantha de Silva, drew with Joseph Jayasinghe and lost to the winner Pieris to score 5 ½ points, the Silver Medal and a share of the Rs.15,000/- cash prize.

Piyal Chandrasiri, Sudharman Pitigala and Ajantha de Silva tied for third place with 4 ½ points each, but Chandrasiri was awarded the Bronze Medal on a better tie breaker. Chandrasiri beat Thilagarajah Rajasingam, Jagath Samarasuriya, Jagath Perera and Ruwan Nandika, drew with T.D.R. Pieris and lost to Derrick Perera and Amara Katugampola. Sudharman Pitigala was placed 4th. He beat Jagath Samarasuriya, Jagath Perera, Joseph Jayasinghe and V. Murali, drew with T.D.R. Pieris in the last round and lost to Ruwan Nandika and Ajantha de Silva.

Ajantha de Silva placed 5th scoring four wins against V. Murali, Joseph Jayasinghe, Sudharman Pitigala and Amara Katugampola, drew with N.P.P. Sandanayake and lost to T.D.R. Pieris and Derrick Perera.

N.A.G. Abeywardena won the Senior National Chess Championships 2022 (Over 65 category) scoring 3 ½ points out of 7 games. The Senior National Chess Championship 2022 was conducted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka and held last week at their headquarters. The event was held according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds.

A total of 18 players participated in the event, which was the highest number since it was inaugurated.