University of Sri Jayawardenapura Chess Clubs wins the Championship again!

SJP Team, the winners
Winning team Capt Chamika Perera
University of Sri Jayawardenapura Chess Club team emerged Champion for the 2nd consecutive year at the Sri Lanka National Inter Club Super League Chess Championship 2021 before two rounds to complete the event. At the conclusion the scored 17 points out of total 18 possible and 5 points ahead of the runner up team which is remarkable. They beat in the penultimate round and drew with Blue and Gold (3 -3) in the finals in the morning. The National Chess Champion, Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage lead the scoring for USJP Team with 8 ½ points out of 9 games he played which is outstanding. He passed the millstone of 2200 International rating barrier with this performance. Chamika Perera played the captains duty very well with a score of 8 points out of 9 games. Chamika was the SL National Chess Champion 2011 and has represented the country in many International Chess events including couple of Chess Olympiads and staying out of active chess due to his working commitments. Being in the top board Lakshitha Randhil is also did great to score 6 points with unbeaten performance. GTDM Premachandra, AACB Amarasinghe, CMS Praneeth Kumar and Akhila Rathnayake also did their job at need.
National Champ getting his Board Prize the best performer of the event
The strongest Chess team event in the country, the Sri Lanka National Inter Club Chess Championship 2021 was conducted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka from 26th February to 2nd March 2021 for a Rs. 120,000/= Prize fund at Sanhinda hall, Gangodawila. The Championship was played on the round robin system with the strongest 10 Chess Clubs in Sri Lanka in 9 rounds. The last two teams in the ranking will be eliminated from the SL National Inter Club (Super League) this year and the top two teams of the SL National Inter Club B Championship 2021 will be entered to the event next year.The games of the first 3 Matches were webcasted live using DGT Boards while a live streaming of the day was started at 5.00 p.m . all days in Chess Federation of Sri Lanka FB page with commentaries by the former National Chess Champions, Dulan Edirisinghe and International Master Harshana Thilakarathne with FIDE Master LMST De Silva who is also one of the strongest Chess Players in Sri Lanka.
Anandians Team
Captain of Anandians C. Lamahewa
Anandians Chess Club won the Silver medal on the better tie breaker after tying with Super Knight Chess Club team with 12 points. Anandians drew with Sri Lanka Navy (3 - 3) in the 8th round and Grand Prix Chess Club (3-3) in the final Round. Theeksana Denuwan played the biggest role for Anandians scoring 7 points out of 9 games. Chathulanka Gamage and Chirasana Lamahewa also scored 5 ½ points each which was much valuable.
Super Knight team
Captain of Grand Prix CC Yasiru Mihiranga
Being the only team came for the first time to play Super League from Inter Club B CC last year, Super Knights did great to reach the 2nd runner up. The beat Grand Prix CC (4-2) in the 8th round and Kandy Y MCA (3 ½ - 2 ½) in the final Round. Gayan Pieris led the scoring for Super Knights with 6 points. The absence of Nf3 Chess Club, the long surviving team in the super league and newly selected in last Inter Club, Pera Knights due to the bad situation of the country was a lose to the Chess in the country. We hope that the teams will come back in the future with their strength.
Board Prize Winners
Board 1 – Laksith Randhil (USJP CC)
Board 2 – Damith Karunarathne (Blue Gold CC)
Board 3 – Chamil Priyankara (SL Navy CC)
Board 4 – CM WCC Perera (USJP CC)
Board 5 – FM Minul Doluweera (Blue & Gold CC)
Board 6 – CM Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage (USJP CC)
Board 7 – TN Alahakoon (Grand Prix CC)
Board 8 – S Harishman (Blue & Gold CC)
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