Winner of Round Robin stage is Minul Doluweera!

Minul Doluweera of Royal College won the 1st place in the Round Robin Event of the 8th Sri Lanka Chess Grand Prix 2021 by making a draw with his schoolmate, Isara Banindu Dahanayake at the final Round played today at the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka. Minul tied with Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage with 9 ½ points and made for the 1st place on the better tie breaker. Both Minul and Theekshana had only three draws and won all other 8 games out of 11 possible. Ranindu Liyanage of Ananda College started the final round a half a point behind Minul and managed to beat Jude Dorison of Jaffna to reach Minul. He had to satisfy with the 2nd place.
Earlier in the morning, the penultimate round both Minul and Ranindu scored full points against Elath athanga De Silva and Senuka Ashvin Ahangama respectively.
The game between Theekshana Denuwan of Ananda College and S Sivathanujanof Kokavil Hindu College was ended in a draw remaining both players tied in 8 points each. Sivathanujan placed 3rd on the better tie breaker while Theekshana had to satisfy with the 4th place. In the 10th round Sivathanujan beat Jude Dorison and Theekshana beat Madushan Sameera Dissanayake.
The 8th Sri Lanka Chess Grand prix 2021 conducted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka is in progress from 28th January 2021 to 7th February 2021 with the strict health guidelines. The Chess Federation of Sri Lanka has offered a cash award of Rs. 110,000/= to the winners with other attractive awards.
The 1st four players are meeting each other as below in the Semi Finals to be played as a double round matches with alternative colours tomorrow. If a player reach 1 ½ points or more he will get in to the finals. If it becomes 1 point each then two Rapid Chess Games of 15 minutes + 10 seconds will be played. If a player get 1 ½ or more he will get through to the finals. But in any case if the Rapid Games are also tied 1 point each, two Blitz games with 3 minutes + 2 seconds will be played as same way as Rapid Chess. If any player wins 1 ½ or more he will be the winner to play the finals. If still a 1 – 1 draw, a Sudden Death game giving 5 minutes to White and 4 minutes to Black will be played tossing for the colour. The winner will get through to the finals. Draw in a Sudden Death game means a win for Back.
Semi Final 1 – Winner, Minul Doluweera Vs 4th, HG Theekshana Denuwan

Semi Final 1 – Runner Up, Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage Vs 3rd, S Sivathanujan

The finals will be played in the same manner as above on Sunday, the 7th of February 2021 between the winners of the Semi Finals while losers will play the consolation finals.
All games in the Semi Finals and Finals are webcasted live in each round and a live streaming of Finals will be arranged at CFSL YOUTUBE Chanel with commentaries by Former National Champion, Mr. Dulan Edirisinghe and National Chess Player Mr. Akila Kavinda.
Final Standings

Rk. Name Pts.

1. FM Doluweera Minul Sanjula (Royal College) 9.5

2. CM Liyanage Ranindu Dilshan (Ananda College) 9.5

3. Sivathanujan S (Kokavil Hindu College) 8.5

4. Theekshana H G Denuwan (Ananda College) 8.5

5. Liyanage Pesandu Rashmitha (DS Senanayake College) 7.0

6. De Silva Elath Mathanga (IFS R&D International) 6.0

7. CM Dahanayake Isara Banindu (Royal College) 6.0

8. CM Amarasinghe A A C B (USJP Chess Club) 4.0

9. Ahangama Senuka Aswin (DS Senanayake College) 3.5

10. Nabil Nazar Mohamed (Gateway College, Dehiwala) 2.0

11. Dorison G Jude (Jaffna) 1.5

12. Dissanayake D M Madushan Sameera (Super Fighters CC) 0.0

Live games can be seen from the following link:
You may see a review of the 1st session at the CFSL YOUTUBE Chanel in the following link:
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Stay safe! Enjoy Chess!
Luxman Wijesuriya
President – CFSL
General Secretary – South Asian Chess Council
General Secretary – Commonwealth Chess Association
Vice President – Asian Chess Federation
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