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YMCA celebrates 176th anniversary with digital chess

The YMCA World Challenge Chess 2020 will go digital in Kandy on June 6 to celebrate the YMCA’s 176th anniversary.

The World YMCA is taking the World Challenge digitally. The Kandy YMCA are challenging their  members across the globe digitally to connect/reconnect with their members while also enjoying global digital content throughout the day.

This year many of the YMCAs will be closed on the day of this birthday or trying to re-establish themselves with thousands of YMCA members still potentially on lockdown or having their movement restricted.

The main point of the 2020 World Challenge will be encouraging people to connect/reconnect. For those out of lockdown, it’s a chance to reconnect, and for those still under lockdown at that time, it’s a chance to meet digitally and connect for reasons other than work.

To commemorate the YMCA’s birthday the Kandy YMCA, the oldest active chess club in the country are  organising a series of online chess events as follows: on 4 June from 7.00pm-9.00 p.m. YChess Open Blitz championship – open to all Sri Lankans having lichess account; on 6 June from 7.00 pm-8.30 p.m. Y-Chess Super League challenge (This is a monthly event and the 3rd edition is on the YMCA birthday), on 7 June from 6.00 pm-7.30 p.m. Y-Chess Juniors open to all school players Under 16 years of age as of 1 January 2020.

Strict anti-cheating policy will be in place with the support of lichess domain. Some attractive prizes for winners of the above tournaments will be distributed. This series of online chess tournaments is a concept of Rev. Saman Perera, the Visionary President of Kandy YMCA and  Ishan Wiratunga, the board member who has been a member of Kandy YMCA chess team since the 1990s.

Further details can be obtained from Shiraz Liaquath on 071 6837716 or Amara Sankajana on 0716051899. Kandy YMCA Chess for details can be followed on Facebook.


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