Dahamdi and Esha in the lead
Dahamdi Sanudula (Musaeus College Colombo) of Group X and Esha Pallie (Visakha Vidyalaya Colombo) of Group Y, are in the lead after the 6th round of the 2nd Sri Lanka Youth Girls Chess Grand Prix 2021 – Round Robin Event at the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka Headquarters. The prestigious event is scheduled from 2 to 10 April with the participation of 18 of the leading Girls Under-14 chess players.
On Sunday (4) Dahamdi beat Dehansa Sandanayake and Yasasi Abeysekara (Group X), while Esha beat Chanindi Attanayake and Oneli Weerawardena (Group Y), in 5th and 6th round games respectively to maintain their lead with 6 out of 6 games.
Nemindi Ramanayake of Bandaranayake Central College, Veyangoda is in second place with 5 points in Group X, after she received a bye in the 5th round and won against Sasmi Sithumsa in the 6th round.
It was not a good day for 2nd seeded Dehansa Sandanayake of St. Paul’s Girls School, since she could only manage a draw against Tharuli Ranganath. She is in joint 3rd spot in Group X with 4 points along with Yasasi Abeysekara (Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara) and Tharuli Ranganath (Yoshida International School).
Oneli Vithanawasam of Lyceum International School, Wattala and Oneli Weerawardena of Lyceum International Rathnapura share 2nd spot in Group Y with 4 ½ points each. Both of them lost to Esha Pallie, and drew their match.
The last 3 rounds will be held on Friday evening (9 April) at 3.30 and Saturday (10th). The top four players in Group X and Y will qualify for the quarter-finals, which will be on knock out basis. The final will be held based on FIDE world cup format of 2 classical games, Two Rapid Games and 2 Blitz games with alternative colours, and a sudden death format game to end, if all earlier systems fail to produce a result.
The Chess Federation of Sri Lanka is offering Rs 55,000 as the cash awards. All games are live broadcast. CFSL is planning to arrange live streaming of the event from time to time and the links will be notified accordingly.
The event is held according to the strict health guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health and The Medical Unit of Ministry of Sports.