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.