The Chess Federation declared the Golden Jubilee Celebrations
The Chess Federation of Sri Lanka is completing the 50 years in 2022 and they declared the Golden Jubilee year with the plans of the Celebration activities at a grand Ceremony held on Saturday, the 22nd of January 2022 at the Russian Center in Colombo. The event was held under the patronage of Prof. Ajith De Alwis, the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Moratuwa where he delivered the Key note address.
About 50% of the National Chess Champions in last five decades were present where most of the others are in abroad. Dr. Harsha Aturupane, Harinlal Aturupane, Sudharman Pitigala, TDR Pieris, Luxman Wijesuriya, Muditha Hettiagama, Chamika Perera, Rajeendra Kalugampitiya. Minul Doluweera, Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage and the Current National Chess Champion, Susal De silva were present. The Women’s National Chess Champions, Suneetha Wijesuriya, Pramodya Senanayake, Dasuni Mendis and the reigning Champion Niklesha Tharushi was there. The National Team members of last five years and all Chess enthusiasts were invited for the function.
The official Logo of the Golden Jubilee year designed by a former Chess player Sanali Nathasha was launched by the National Chess Champion, Susal De Silva while the launching of the new CFSL Website was done with the hands of the current women’s National Chess Champion, Niklesha Tharushi. Speaking at the Ceremony, the President of CFSL said that the Chess in Sri Lanka has come to the current level with a lots of ups and downs in last 50 years. He said that Sri Lanka is in the 3rd among Asia in Number of Players, Number of Rated Chess players and the Number of Technical officials. So, the required Chess Grand Master will come in soon if the current programs continues.
Prof. Ajith De Alwis, himself being a Chess player in his early years made a excellent speech on a way combined Chess with the science and Technology.
The Following are the plans of CFSL for the Golden Jubilee year:
1. The CFSL Golden Jubilee Online International Youth Chess Championships 2022 is already started and the age groups of under 10 years and Under 16 Years Girls are happening on 22nd and 23rd January 2022. This event will continue for another 8 Weekends for the Age groups of Under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18, as Girls and boys separately.
2. The Online Asian Nations Cup will be organized from Sri Lanka
3. The FIDE Online World Junior Chess Championships 2022 will be conducted from Sri Lanka
4. The Asian School Chess Championships 2022 will be held from 20th to 30th August 2022
5. The Golden Jubilee Online Grand Master Chess Tournament will be happened from 20th to 30th June 2022.
6. There are many Seminars on Training Trainers, Training arbiters and Women’s Chess.
7. The Final Ceremony will be held to felicitate the people contributed for the game with appreciation for the winners will be held on 3rd of September 2022, the of Establishment of the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka
Luxman Wijesuriya
President - CFSL
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