Susal is best from Sri Lanka
Nalandian Susal de Silva tied for 5th place, but was 11th overall on the tie breaking points at the end of the Asian Schools Online Rapid Chess Championship 2021 conducted by the Asian Chess Federation and organized by the Philippines Chess Federation.
He completed the event with 6 ½ points out of 9 games. After 6 games, on 30 July Susal was joint second with 5 points, but thereafter could score only 1 ½ points from 3 draws with International Master M. Pranesh (India), Prin Laohawirapap (Thailand) and Y. Sethumadhav (India) on the last day.
Susal faced an unexpected loss in the first-round to lesser rated Kapur Suubh of India, but came back strongly with five wins against Meghat Irfan (Malaysia), Behrad Attar (Iran), Islam Muhtadi (Bangladesh), Shiv Shome (India) and Rai Garv (India) in his first 6 rounds.
Asian Schools Online Open Chess Championship 2021 was held from 29-31 July on Tornelo Platform. The event was held on the Rapid Chess time control of 15 minutes + 10 seconds increments for each and every move played, and consisted of 9 rounds.
The event was held in six categories – under-7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and open. Pratheepan Gophishan and K.P.D.M. Jayarathne (Maliyadeva Model School, Kurunegala) - under-7 Open, T.H.D. Thisarindu Induwara (Royal College), D.D.L.D. Dandeniya (Maliyadeva College) and Haritha Hansana (Rahula College, Matara) – under-11, S.M.M.P. Kulathilake (Sri Sangabodhi Vidyalaya, Nittambuwa,) – under-13, Lalindu Sathmina (Isipathana College) and Thenuka Kuruwitagamalathge (Nalanda College) scored 5 points out of 9 games. The Sri Lanka Schools Chess Association did a great job to handle the huge team of 96 chess players. (IR)