Dahamdi, Esha, Desandhi and Oneli into Semis

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Apr 13 2021
Sports Dahamdi, Esha, Desandhi and Oneli into Semis

Leaders of Group X (Sanudula Dahamdi (Musaeus College) and Group Y (Esha Pallie (Visakha Vidyalaya) sailed through their quarter-final matches and qualified for the semi-finals. Sanudula successfully won both games against Tenuli Dahamna Rathnayake (Ananda Balika Vidyalaya) in Q/F 1. She is the only unbeaten player of the event. On the other hand, Esha scored 1.5 out of 2 rounds against Oshini Gunawardana (Pushpadana High School) in Q/F 2. Being an 8-year-old, Oshini’s achievement of stealing ½ a point from Esha is commendable. 

Nemindi Linaya Ramanayake (Bandaranayake Central College, Veyangoda) and Desandhi Dhihansa Gamage (Sirimavo Bandaranayake Balika Vidyalaya) were engaged in a very tough battle to proceed to the semi-final. Both classical games were drawn which led to two rapid games. Surprisingly, both rapid games also ended in a draw, making a remarkable battle. According to tie breaks, next was to play two blitz games. Battle became more competitive since their first blitz game ended in a draw. Desandhi made it to the semi-finals by winning the second blitz game after a hard fight.

Tharuli Vihansa Ranganath (Yoshida International School) and Oneli Vithanawasam (Lyceum International School, Wattala) were also engaged in a competitive battle. Oneli won the first classical game, while Tharuli won the second. Oneli made it to the semi-finals by winning both rapid games.

The semi-finals and finals are scheduled to be held on 17 and 18 April.

The Chess Federation of Sri Lanka is offering Rs 55,000 as the cash awards for the event.

 (IR)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Apr 13 2021

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