Ranindu wins Bronze Medal
National Chess Champion Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage (Ananda College) was up against Grand Master Enamul Hossain in his final game. The plucky youngster put up a great fight against the more experienced Grand Master and got a draw in style to win the Bronze Medal at the Asian Zonal Hybrid Chess Championship 2021 of Zone 3.2 of FIDE (South Asian Zone).
Starting with the Sicilian Defense the Grand Master sacrificed a pawn and got a strong Knight against Ranindu’s Bishop early in the game. The Grand Master used all his experience to obtain full points, since that would have enabled him to win the Gold medal with the possibility to play in the Chess World Cup 2021, but with very careful play Ranindu achieved a draw and 3rd spot with a total of 6 points from 9 games.
Overnight leader Grand Master Ziaur Rahman (Bangladesh - 2434) also had an unexpectedly tough game on his hands against the young 11-year-old Bangladeshi Manon Reja Neer, who did creditably well to hold the Grand Master to a draw who ended with 8 points from 9 games. GM Enamul Hossain needed a full point to tie with GM Ziaur Rahman with a better tie breaker, but was thwarted by Ranindu and won the Silver Medal with 7 ½ points. Grandmaster Ziaur won the Gold Medal along with the FIDE Chess World Cup ticket.
A total of US$ 3,000 was distributed among the winners. The champion received US$ 1,000, first runner-up US$ 700 and second runner-up (Ranindu) US$ 500.
Unfortunately, FIDE Master Susal de Silva (Nalanda College) met his colleague A.A.C.B. Amarasinghe (SJP Chess Club) in his final game, which ended in favour of Amarasinghe. Amarasinghe also scored 6 points from 9 games and tied for 3rd place with 5 more players, but was placed 8th according to the tie breaker point.
Susal had a total of 5 points from 9 games. Amarasinghe received US$ 100 for 8th place. The Asian Zonal Chess Championship 2021, the preliminary event for the FIDE World Chess Cup 2021 for South Asia, was held from 1 to 9 June. It was held according to the Swiss System of 9 rounds. Total of 39 players from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives and Sri Lanka participated in the event.
India is considered as a single zone by FIDE and received direct entry to the FIDE World cup. The Bangladesh Chess Federation conducted the event from Dhaka. Sri Lankan players played from the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka Headquarters, Gangodawila, Nugegoda.