The 20th Anniversary celebration of the Anatoly Karpov Chess Club was held at the Russian Centre in Colombo on the 29th of October amidst a crowd of Chess lovers. The occasion was graced by the presence of the Chief Guest, Madam Anastasia Khokhlova, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian Centre In Colombo, Guests of Honour, Mr. Buddhapriya Ramanayaka, Chief Executive Officer of the Russian Centre in Colombo; Mr. Luxman Wijesruiya, Vice President of the Asian Chess Federation and Tournament Secretary of the Sri Lanka Chess Federation and Professor Kumara Hirimburegama, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo.
The celebration was a platform to commemorate the 500 coaching camps conducted by the AKCC of the Russian Centre in the past twenty years and its contribution towards the betterment of Chess in Sri Lanka, while awarding 20 emerging players in the national pool and 20 best players of the AKCC throughout the years, respectively.
Anatoly Karpov Chess Club is the leading Chess club in Sri Lanka. According to woman Fide Master Mrs. Suneetha Wijesuriya, who is the founder president of the Anatoly Karpov Chess Club the club has conducted their activities according to the following 5 methods within a period of two decades.
|1) Conducting island wide coaching camps.|
|2) Advanced chess coaching programmes to upgrade knowledge with the support of international grand masters.|
|3) Sending players to international chess competitions held in India and Russia.|
4) Conducting various chess tournaments in Age Group, Women’s, New Millennium, Independence Trophy and Russian Ambassador Cup Categories.
|5) Distributing chess boards and chess books to students in rural areas with the support of Dr. Saman Weerasinghe, former Ambassador of Sri Lanka in the Russia Federation and the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Russia Friendship Society and former sports ministers.|
|Award winners with the Chief guest at the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of AKCC|
Ashvini Pavalachandran - Wicherly International School
WFM - Pevinya Peiris , Vishaka Vidyalaya
WCM - G P Y Wijesuriya - Visakha Vidyalaya
WCM - Sayuni Gihansa Jayaweera, Dharmasoka College Ambalangoda
Dineth Silva - Prime Lands ( Pvt) Ltd
Sandili Kanishka Udagedara - Mahamaya College Kandy
Chamika Withanage - NI - LCAI Pvt Ltd
WFM - Dilhara Ishini Wickramasinghe - Musaeus College
Pulsara Gunawardhana, Sri Lankan Airlines
M M S Thilini Anoratna, Bank of Ceylon
WFM - Pramodya Senanayaka, Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd
Malintha Chanaka Perera, MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd
WCM - Kavindi Senarath, DFCC Bank
Nishantha Withanage - NI - Sampath Bank PLC
Buddhi Panagoda - IA, FI, Secretary - Chess Federation of Sri Lanka
WIM - Sachini Ranasinghe
Suneetha Wijesuriya – WFM, FI, Chess Olympiad Gold Medalist, President Anatoly Karpov Chess Club of the RussianCentre in Colombo
WCM Tharushi Niklesha - Visakha Vidyalaya
Madam Anastasia Khokhlova, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Centre in Colombo.
FM - L.M.S.T De Silva - Nalanda College
Shanaka Munasinghe, Student at University of Peradeniya
Mr. Buddhapriya Ramanayake the chief executive office of the Russian Centre in Colombo.
Mr. Luxman Wijesuriya, Vice presidents of the Asian Chess Federation, General Secretary of the Commonwealth Chess Association and Tournament Secretary of Chess Federation of Sri Lanka.
CM - Supun Dasantha Kuruppu - Ananda College
CM - Dinul Doluweera, Student at University of Sri Jayewardenepura
FM - Minul Sanjula Doluweera - Royal College
Oshadhi Kottahachchy- London Stock Exchange Group Business Services Limited
S R Deegoda, St. Thomas College
Lasal Jayawardena, Lycium International School
Harishman Somaskandarasa, Union Assurance PLC
R K T Dissanayake, Dharmaraja College – Kandy
CM - Kevin Ranidu Silva, St. Benadict College
CM - Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage - Ananda College
W.A. Harsha Sulochana, - NI - LCAI Pvt Ltd
|Not in the Picture
S. Tenara Piyamini De Silva - British School
FM - G.M Harshana Thilakarathne - Maliyadeva College Kurunegala
WFM - K K M Sachintha Kodikara - Wicherly International School
WFM - Nevanjee Hewawasam - Visakha Vidyalaya
H M H Janandani Abeysinghe - Mahamaya College
FM - Sasith Nipun Piyumantha - Dharmasoka College Ambalangoda
Prabuddha Lanka Wijesinghe, Sri Lanka Navy
Yasith Hirimburegama - NI - Attorney at Law
Lahiru Munasinghe, Student at University of Moratuwa
|20th Anniversary celebration Photo|
|Award winng AKCC Players||Award winng Emerging Players|
|Photo credit goes to Mr.Bhagya Abhisheka Hewa|