Sanidula wins Youth Girls Chess Grand Prix | Daily News


 

Sanidula wins Youth Girls Chess Grand Prix

Sanidula Dhahamdi receiving the Champion trophy from the chief guest CFSL President Luxman Wijesuriya.
Sanidula Dhahamdi receiving the Champion trophy from the chief guest CFSL President Luxman Wijesuriya.

Sanidula Dahamdi of Musaeus College emerged champion at the Inaugural Sri Lanka Youth Girls Chess Grand Prix at the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka (CFSL)yesterday.

At the grand finals, Sanidula scored 1.5 points to 0.5 obtained by Chanethma Marasinghe of Girls High School Kandy. Earlier in the first game Sanidula won with white pieces and was fortunate to get an opening of centre counter where she got a positive play in Queens side. She just needed a draw in the second round with black pieces where she managed to get it in only 25 moves. She was adjudged Youth Girls Grand Prix Champion and received the trophy Medal and Rs. 20,000 cash award.. Chanethma had to be satisfied with the Silver Medal and a cash award of Rs10,000 .

Esha Pallie of Visakha Vidyalaya beat Oneli Omaya Wilvalaarachchi of Gothami Balika Vidyalaya in the consolation finals to win the Bronze Medal with a cash award of Rs. 6,000 while Oneli was 4th with a cash award of Rs4,000 .

In the semi -finals, Sanidula beat Esha Pallie in the tie break Rapid Chess games 2-0 on Saturday after tying the points 1-1 in the semi-finals. Chanethma beat Oneli Omaya Wilvalaarachchi 1.5-0.5 to qualify for the finals.

The Inaugural Sri Lanka Youth Girls Chess Grand Prix was conducted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka There were 24 top youth Girls Chess players in the under 14 category.

The event was conducted in a new format where the 24 players were divided into two groups with equal strength and two leagues are played with 11 games

Luxman Wijesuriya, the newly elected president of the CFSL who is also the General Secretary of South Asian Chess Council and Commonwealth Chess Association was the chief guest while CFSL vice President, Thushan Wickramarachchi and Secretary General, . Malith Akalanka gave away the awards.


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