Umasha to represent Sri Lanka
Umasha Liyanage, the 13-year student from Maliyadeva Girls' College,
Kurunegala has achieved the honour of representing Sri Lanka in the
Asian Youth Chess Championship which will be held from July 08 to 15 in
Beijing, China, Chess Olympiad Championship in Russia and the World
Youth Chess Championships in Greece.
She started her career at the age of eight and excelled from the
beginning. The year 2008 she emerged runner up in the girls' u-20
category at the all-island inter-schools super six championships at the
age of 10.
In 2008, she was also the A-Division girls' u-14 All Island
inter-schools runner-up, u-14 girls' National Youth Chess championship
runner-up and the achieved the same in u-12 age group at the Colombo
International Rating Chess Tournament. She was a member of the U-13 Sri
Lanka team which won the first place at the Fifth Asian Schools Chess
Championships in 2009 and was also the u-13 runner up.
Umasha was a member of the u-14 champion team at the All Island
Inter-Schools/Clubs Team Championships conducted by the Queen Star Chess
Academy and also won the first place in Board II. She was the National
U-13 Rapid Chess champion in 2009 and also showed her high class
performances at the Castles All Island Inter-Schools/Clubs Rapid
Championships, and all-island schools games, All Island age group
individual championships, Inter schools chess championships, Second
National Blitz Championships and many others.
Last year, at the age of 12, she won the third place in the All
Island Inter Schools Super six championships u-20 age category and she
was ranked third among the women at the first Kandy International Rating
Chess Championships 2010.
Umasha currently trains under coach Nuwan Liyanage and acknowledges
his support as well as her parents and the school authorities including
Principal Mrs. Wajira Kumarihami.