Sachini Ranasinghe (Musaeus College), the Newly awarded
Women International Master performed well in the National Youth Chess
Championship Open Section. She opted to play in the Open section of
under 18 Years Youth Championship this year and scored 5 points out
of 7 games with only lost to National Player, Chamika Perera and two
more draws. Ushan Samarakone(Royal College) and Chamika Perera (Trinity
College) tied for the top spot in the Under 18 Category with 5 1/2
points and Ushan won the Championships on tie breaker games. Sachini
placed 3rd passing a set of players whom are well ahead of her in
WFM Supeshala Thilakawardena(Musaeus College) won the under 18 years
Girls Chess Championship convincingly. She scored a total of 6 points
out of 7 games to achieve the gold medal. Lumbini Ambanwela tied with
Anjana Perera(Both from Mahamaya College, Kandy) for the 2nd place
and won the Silver medal on better tie breaker. Anjana had to satisfy
with the Bronze medal.
Young Harshana Thilakaratne(Maliyadeva College) had no resistence
in under 8 open section where he scored full 7 out of 7 games. Harshana
became 4th in the World Schools Chess Championship last year. Rayan
Weerasinghe from St. Joseph's College, Anuradhapura had a same score
with Harshana when he enter the final round but loosing to Harshana
gave him the Silver medal. The Bronze medal was won by Ranidu Dilshan
Liyanage of Ananda College.
In Under 10 Open also, there was a full points, 7 out of Seven games
was scored by S Anojman of Royal College. Chamath Weerasinghe from
Ananda College became silver medalist after tying with IMA Visura(Rahula
College) and HLNB Haputhanthri(Dharmaraja College). Visura won the
Asani Sankalpana Weerasinghe(Southland College) also won the under
8 Girls Championships very convincingly scoring full 7 points out
of 7 games. She also placed 4th in the under 7 Girls section in the
World Schools Chess Championships last year. Selani Weerawardena of
Horagasmulla Primary College won the Silver Medal and Dilky Perera
won the Bronz medal.
There was a close battle in the under 10 Girls among Binudi Yapa(Visakha
Vidyalaya) and Nikini Yathra (Bandaranayake Adarsha Vidyalaya, Kurunegala).
After a 3 games blitze tie breaker, Binudi managed to win the Championships
and Nikini had to satisfy with the Silver Medal both with 6 1/2 points.
Roshana Fernando of Ave Maria Convent won the Bronze medal with 6
TTMDCT Tennakoon of Gampaha Bandaranayake College also scored full
points, 7 out of 7 games. He had an identical score of 6 out of 6
in the last round with Dineth Naotunna(DS Senanayake college) and
won the last game to win the Gold medal. HMAK Herath(Maliyadeva College)
and Mojitha Gunaratne(Ananda College) won the 2nd and 3rd places on
tie breaker after tying with 6 points each. Sajini Hasara Balasuriya
(Musaeus College) scored 6 1/2 points out of 7 games to win the Under
12 Girls title. HJMRM Jayasundara of Maliyadeva Balika won the Silver
medal on the better tie breaker while Hansini Muthumala (Ave Maria
Convent) won the Bronze Medal.
Kashyapa Kulasekera(Vidyartha College) keep his record as the Youth
Chess Champion again by scoring 6 points and winning the tie breaking
games against KGMG Bandara of Kingswood College. Bandara had to satisfy
with the Silver medal. MHN Kumara of Vidyartha College became 3rd
with 5 1/2 points. MKT Chankanie of Southland College also had an
outright win in the under 14 Girls event with 6 1/2 points while IDS
Kahanda(Southland College) won the 2nd place on the tie breaker. Thinithi
Ranasinghe of Sujatha Vidyalaya Matara won the Bronze medal.
Dimithri Premachandra of Kaluthara Vidyalaya won the National Youth
under 16 title. He scored a total of 6 points out of possible seven
while Lahiru Munasinghe of Ananda College won the Silver medal with
5 1/2 points. KAPM Ariyawansa(Vidyartha College) and Shanaka Munasing(Ananda
College)he had to satisfy also tied with lahiru but Ariyawansa won
the Silver medal.
Regning Women's National Chess Champion, Dinushki Premanath (Girls
High School) won the Under 16 Girls Chess Championship convincingly.
She score a total of 6 points out of 7 games. Irindu Basnayake(Girls
High School) won the 2nd place with 5 1/2 points while Kavindi Senarath(Musaeus
College) was 3rd with 5 points.
The National Youth Chess Championship was conducted by the Chess Federation
of Sri Lanka from 7th to 10th April 2011 at Public Library, Colombo.
Earlier there was 13 District/ Provincial Championships were conducted
in Colombo, Gampaha, Kaluthara, Galle, Mathara, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa,
Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kandy, Uva, Wayamba and Nothern Provinces and
only the selectees from these events played in the National Youth
Vice President - CFSL