Ranindu leaves for FIDE Chess World Cup

Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage of Ananda College is leaving to Russia today to represent Sri Lanka at the FIDE Chess World Cup 2021 today. Ranindu write his name in golden letters in the Sri Lankan Chess history being the first player to participate in the strongest Chess Event in the World.

The FIDE World Cup is the event where the top 208 players in the world participate in the knocked out basis in a period of 1 ½ months to find the best in the world. All the top Chess players in the world including the current World Chess Champion Magnus Carlson has confirmed their participation. The event starts with the Opening Ceremony to be held on 11th of July 2021 at Sochi, Russia and the 1st round starts on 12th of July 2021.
According to the new qualification system of FIDE, on our rating strength Sri Lanka got the opportunity of sending a player to the World Cup 2021. The National Selection Committee of Chess decided to have a selection trial between the National Chess Champion, Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage and the Sri Lanka Top ranked Harshana Thilakarathne. But, Harshana withdrew due to some health reasons giving the opportunity to Ranindu.
Ranindu won the Sri Lanka National Chess Championship in October 2020 convincingly. Then he came back strongly to win the Sri Lanka Chess Gran Prix 2021
Sri Lankan National Chess Champion Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage is participating in the FIDE Chess World Cup 2021 being the 1st player to play in the most prestigious Chess event in the World. Ranindu met the Hon. Minister Namal Rajapakse before his departure.The standing from left : Mr. Deepthi Hewageegana (Deputy President - CFSL), Mr. Rajesh Liyanage (Father), Hon. Namal Rajapakse (The Minister of Sports), Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage and Mr. Luxman Wijesuriya (President - CFSL)
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