USJP CC wins Championship again
University of Sri Jayawardenapura Chess Club (USJP CC) team wrapped up the Championship for the second consecutive year at the Sri Lanka National Inter Club Super League Chess Championship 2021. Their victory was a foregone conclusion while there were two more rounds of the event to be completed.
In the end they had scored 17 points out of a possible 18 - 5 points ahead of the runner-up team, which is remarkable. They beat all their opponents and were only held to a draw against Blue and Gold (3-3) in their final match in the morning.
National Chess Champion Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage lead the scoring for USJP team with 8 ½ points out of 9 games he played, which is outstanding. He passed the milestone of 2200 International rating barrier with this performance.
Chamika Perera played the captains duty very well with a score of 8 points out of 9 games. Chamika was the SL National Chess Champion 2011 and has represented the country at many International Chess events - including a couple of Chess Olympiads - and was staying out of active chess due to his working commitments.
Being in the top board Lakshitha Randhil also did great to score 6 points with an unbeaten performance. G.T.D.M. Premachandra, A.A.C.B. Amarasinghe, C.M.S. Praneeth Kumar and Akhila Rathnayake also did their job when most needed.
The elite championship with the participation of the strongest chess teams in the country, the Sri Lanka National Inter Club Chess Championship 2021 was conducted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka from 26 February to 2 March at Sanhinda Hall, Gangodawila.
The last two teams in the ranking will be eliminated from the SL National Inter Club (Super League) this year and the top two teams of the SL National Inter Club ‘B’ Championship 2021 will be elevated to the event next year.
Anandians Chess Club won the Silver medal on better tie breaker after tying with Super Knight Chess Club with 12 points. Anandians drew with Sri Lanka Navy (3 - 3) in the 8th round and Grand Prix Chess Club (3-3) in the final round. Theeksana Denuwan played the biggest role for Anandians scoring 7 points out of 9 games. Chathulanka Gamage and Chirasana Lamahewa also scored 5 ½ valuable points each.Playing for the first time in the Super League after being promoted from Inter Club ‘B’ CC last year, Super Knights performed extremely well to be second runner-up. They beat Grand Prix CC (4-2) in the 8th round and Kandy YMCA (3 ½ - 2 ½) in the final Round. Gayan Pieris led the scoring for Super Knights with 6 points.The absence of Nf3 Chess Club, a long surviving team in the super league, and the newly promoted Pera Knights from last year’s Inter Club ‘B’, due to the current situation in the country, was a great loss to the Chess fraternity in the country, and expect them to make a strong comeback in the future.