Kaveesha Amarasena of Royal Colombo and Sachini Ranasinghe of Musaeus College won the Junior National and Junior National Girls chess
Championships respectively yesterday. Kaveesha scored a total of
5 ½ points to share with four more players, but emerged the Champion
according to the tie breaker used. Sachini also scored 5 ½ and tied
with Irindu Basnayake from Girls High School, but won the Championship in better tie breaker.
The Junior National Chess Championship, conducted
by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka was held from 17th
April 2009 at Royal
College Colombo. A total of 66 players participated in the Junior
Nationals while there were 23 players in the Girls event. The tournaments
were held according to the Swiss System over 7 rounds.
YDB Madugalle(Dharmaraja college), Oshadi Kottahachchy(Royal
College, Colombo), WCC Perera(Trinity College) and TSS Pieris(Pannipitiya Dharmapala college) tied
with Kaveesha scoring 5 ½ points each out of possible 7 and placed
2nd to 5th respectively. MAN Danushka(Isipathana College), Lahiru Munasinghe(Ananda College) and LMTI Lansakara(Mahanama College) scored 5 points each and placed 6th to 8th
respectively. HLM Hapuarachchi(Kingswood College) and Rasheen De Silva(Richmond College) placed 9th and 10th with 4 ½
Irindu Basnayake won the Silver medal on tie breaker
and Dinushki Premanath also from Girls High School was third with 5 points. Sakuni Cooray (Devi Balika
Vidyalaya) and Jeevanthi Ratnayake(Girls High School) also scored 5 points each and had to satisfy with 4th
and fifth places. Lakshika Wanasinghe(Mahamaya College) and RMMU
Muhandiram(Maliyadeva Girls School) scored 4 ½ points to place 6th
and 7th while Navodya Selvaratnam(Girls High School)
and Kavindi Senarath(Musaeus College) was 8th and 9th
with 4 points. The 10th was Chamindra De Silva (Holy Cross College, Kaluthara).