Major Division Chess - Segment I: Oshini, Vinuda, Jenith and Thishanuga perform superbly
The Major Division events of the National Chess Championship cycle of the Western 1 Women’s, Western 2 Open, Central Open and Northern Women’s events started with a bang recently, though it took a little longer to finalize the results until such time the fair play reports were received.
Western 1 Women
It was a foregone conclusion that Oshini Devindya Gunawardena of Ferguson High School Ratnapura, the newly crowned World Youth Online Under-10 Chess Champion this Year, would ascend the throne with the form she showed from round 1. She won all 7 rounds she played to score 7 points and walk away with the Gold Medal. Sinlay Thanujana (Gothami BMV, Colombo 10) scored 6 ½ points out of 7 to earn the Silver Medal, while Nimansa Sandanayake (Musaeus College Colombo) was placed 3rd with 6 points out of 7 games and won the Bronze Medal.
Western 2 Open
Vinuda Shenal Gunatilleke of Royal College Colombo, won the Gold Medal after a master class performance on the second day of the event. He was unbeaten and only shared games with Kosala Sandeepa and Jayodya Rasindu in the last two rounds. In a crucial game he beat Yasiru Weerasinghe - who was leading the pack until the fourth round - in the fifth round. B. Jayodya Rasindu Rashmika Perera of Sri Sumangala College, Panadura won the Silver Medal scoring 5.5 points out of 7 rounds.
He received a walkover in the first round. He also remained unbeaten and shared the games he played in the second, fourth and seventh rounds against Savinu Liyanage, Daham Kusalwin Liyanage, Gunathilake and Shenal Vinuda respectively. Senuja Dilmith Udahamullage (Kalutara Vidyalaya) scored the same points as Rasindu (5.5), but had to be content with third place and the Bronze Medal due to the disadvantage in tie-breaks.
Unbeaten Jenith Weeratunge of Trinity College Kandy won the Gold Medal with a score of 6 ½ points out of 7 games. He scored 6 wins and only drew against Ranjan Damsara in the first-round. Yonal Sumanathilake (Royal International School) clinched the Silver Medal on better tie breaker after tying with Disal Nimsara Weerasekara of Sri Chandananda Buddhist College, Kandy with 6 points each. Disal had to be satisfied with the Bronze Medal.
Northern Women’s event
After a tough battle P. Thishanuga of Vembadi Girls High School, Jaffna won the Gold Medal with 6 points out of 7 rounds, thanks to the advantage of having better tie breaks. The only game she lost was against S. Narthavi. G.H.S. Sanulya of Polonnaruwa Royal Primary College had to be satisfied with the Silver Medal due to less tie breaking points. The only game she lost was against the eventual winner P. Thishanuga. S. Narthavi of Vembadi Girls High School, Jaffna won the Bronze Medal with 5 points out of 7 rounds.
The Chess Federation of Sri Lanka has organized a comprehensive Online Rapid Chess Championship Cycle for the first time in Sri Lanka commencing first week of June 2021. The 7 Novices Division events and 7 Women’s Novices Division events were successfully completed on 15 August. This Championship will be treated as the selection event for the International Online Rapid Chess Championships in the future. The event will be a great boon to all chess players to stay at home at this difficult time and hone their skills. The event is being held on the Chess.com flat form with all fair play regulations approved by FIDE.
Western 1 Women’s event
Gold Medal - Oshini Devindya Gunawardena Silver Medal - D.M. Sinlay Thanujana Bronze Medal - Nimansa S. Sandanayake
Western 2 Open event
Gold Medal - Vinuda Shenal Gunatilleke Silver Medal - B. Jayodya Rasindu Rashmika Perera Bronze Medal - Senuja Dilmith Udahamullage
Central Open event
Gold Medal - Jenith Weeratunge Silver Medal - Yonal Sumanathilake Bronze Medal - Disal Nimsara Weerasekara
Northern Women’s event
Gold Medal - P. Thishanuga Silver Medal - G.H.S. Sanulya Bronze Medal - S. Narthavi