Chamil Priyankara stunned Indian Grandmaster R.R. Luxman in the 5th round of the 13th KIIT International Chess Festival yesterday.
The experienced Chamil, who has represented the country at Chess Olympiads in the past, has given a good account of himself and is currently tied in 4th place with 4 points out of 5 games. He beat S.P. Suriya, Tapan Badamunidi, Mishra Satyam and R.R. Laxman and lost to Ghose Saparya in the 1st round (all from India) to reach 4 points. He will meet the Grandmaster P. Karthikeyan in the 6th round today.
Apart from Chamil, five other Sri Lankans are participating in the event.
Pesandu Rashmitha Liyanage and K.A. Akhila Kavinda share 22nd place with 3-1/2 points out of 5 games. Pesandu lost his first game to Grandmaster Azer Mirsoev of Azerbaijan and then beat B. Keerthana, Arsh Shaik, Rai Garv and drew with S. Dhananjay (all from India), while Akhila also lost his first game to Mittal Ashwath and then beat Mohitha Vakcheri, Tanishar Boramanikar, Hemal Andalamala and drew with Roy Sayandeep (all from India) to reach 3-½ points.
SL International Master Romesh Weerawardena is having 3 points out of 5 games. He beat Sinha Aarav, Ghose Saparya, Mazumda Saounak and lost to International Master Ameya Audi (all from India) and Grandmaster Luka Paichadze of Georgia.
Madushan Sameera Dissanayake has 2 points out of 5 games. Young Yashika Kaumina is also a participant.
The event is in progress from 22 to 29 May with the participation of 175 players from 14 countries, and is conducted on the Swiss System in 9 rounds. There are four more rounds to go.
11 Grandmasters, 1 Woman Grandmaster and 14 International Masters are in the fray.