Susal and Chanindi win the Gold Medals
Susal de Silva of Nalanda College added yet another Gold medal to his trophy cabinet when he won the Sri Lanka National Chess Championship 2021 convincingly scoring 7 ½ points out of 9 games while remaining unbeaten. Susal was the front runner from round 1 to 9, winning 6 and being held to 3 draws. He won against Surath Wijerathne, SDBK Senevirathna, Sanudula Dahamdi, Buddhika Amarasinghe, Osheen De Silva and Nabil Nazar, and drew against Denuwan Theekshana, Chehan Weerasinghe and Isara Banindu Dahanayake.
Chanindi Mewna Attanayake of Devi Balika Vidyalaya reached a milestone of her Chess career when she beat the front runner Desandi Dihansa Gamage to clinch the Gold medal with a score of 7 points. She won against Anujana Sendanayaka, Sathini Liyanage, Minethma Wickramasinghe, Oshini Gunawardena, Dasuni Hansika Mendis and Dehansa, lost to Janandani Abeysinge, and drew against Chethani Chamathka and THD Tharushi Niklesha.
Theeksana Denuwan of Ananda College maintained a fair result from the beginning to win the Silver Medal, while Nabil Nazar of Gateway College, Colombo gave the best performance of his young career to clinch the Bronze.
Desandi Dihansa Gamage of Sirimavo Bandaranayake Vidyalaya had a remarkable event. She led the event till the penultimate round, but had to be satisfied with the Silver Medal due to the last round loss, while Tharushi Niklesha, who had the same number of poins as Desandi, won the Bronze medal due to the poor tie breaker.
The event was organized by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds to select players for the Sri Lanka National Chess Championships 2021. This was an important event as it was held over the board after a long wait as a result of the Pandemic. The event was internationally rated and was held with the usual time control - 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move played.
Reigning National Chess Champion Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage, and Top Ranked Harshana Thilakarathne qualified directly to play in the National Championships 2021 Finals