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Dialog Axiata team wins chess championship

The Champion Dialog Axiata Chess team receiving the trophy from Chess Federation President Luxman Wijesuriya
The Champion Dialog Axiata Chess team receiving the trophy from Chess Federation President Luxman Wijesuriya

The leading mobile partner Dialog Axiata team emerged Champions at the Sri Lanka Mercantile/ Government Service Chess Championship 2020 conducted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka recently at Satara Hall, Maharagama after a tie breaker. This event saw a tough fight from the beginning.

Dialog Axiata and Sri Lanka Army tied with a total of 14 points. Dialog Team led by Ayodhya Liyanagedara a former Sri Lanka Womens player with Massoran Rameez and H.G Sahan Sachintha fought very strongly at this event and they scored 4 .5 points each with the support of their 4th player B.V.R.M.T Jayaratne (4.5 points) to win the title.

Sri Lanka Army team with Dimuthu Abeywardena (5.5 points), T.A Tharanga (4.5points) and I.N.T Dassanayake (4 points)also showed their strength to tie with the winner by obtaining 14 points but, their number 4 player was just a half a point behind to the winners team number 4 which decided the Championship. Virtusa team was placed third with Akila Rathnayake,Ranura Dissanayake and Deepthi Deepamal scoring 12 points.

Meanwhile C.M.S Praneeth Kumara of 99X Technology team won the individual Championship with 6.5 points. He led the event from the start and beat Dimuthu Abeywardena of Sri Lanka Army to bag the Sri Lanka Mercantile/ Government Service Chess Champion 2020 title with the trophy, Gold Medal and 40,000 rupees cash Award. He also maintained unbeaten record with just a draw against Akila Rathnayake of Virtusa in the 6th round and beat all other six players, Thanushka Gamage, Hashini Himasha Perera, Nalaka Guruge, Ranura Dissanayake, Niranga Kandearachchi and Dimuthu in the final Game.

Akila Rathnayake of Virtusa won the Silver Medal with 25,000 rupees being unbeaten. He had two draws with the winner and Dimuthu Abeywardena and won all other games to score six points. Four players Dimuthu Abeywardena(SL Army), Niranga Kandearachchi(SL Customs), I.L.K Tennakoon(SL Customs) and Tharaka Alahakoon (Weligama Pradeshiya Sabha) tied for the third place with 5.5 points and Dimuthu won the Bronze Medal with the better tie breaker.

Sri Lanka Mercantile/ Government Service Chess Championship 2020 was conducted by the Chess Federation. The event was a seven round Swiss System event where the result of best three players counted for the team Chess Championship. Though the participation was little less due to the prohibition of participation in sports by some of the leading companies eighty six players from 25 organizations took part in the event.

Nipuna Ekanayake (Road Passenger Transport Authority) won the rating category of under 1600 and R.M.N.K Rathnayake of SL Army won the unrated category.

The newly elected CFSL resident Luxman Wijesuriya, deputy president and other officials distributed awards to the winners at the awards ceremony which was conducted soon after the event.


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