Chess players rewarded by Anatoly Karpov Club | Sunday Observer

Chess players rewarded by Anatoly Karpov Club

Award winners with the chief guest at the 20th anniversary celebrations of AKCC. From left:-Ashvini Pavalachandran (Wicherly), WFM Pevinya Peiris, (Vishaka), WCM- G.P.Y. Wijesuriya (Visakha), WCM Sayuni Gihansa Jayaweera, (Dharmasoka), Dineth Silva - Manager - Prime Lands, Kanishka Udagedara (Mahamaya), Chamika Withanage (NI - LCAI Pvt Ltd), WFM – Dilhara Wickramasinghe (Musaeus), Pulsara Gunawardana, (SriLankan Airlines), M.M.S. Thilini Anoratna, (Bank of Ceylon), WFM Pramodya Senanayake, (Mobitel), Malint
Award winners with the chief guest at the 20th anniversary celebrations of AKCC. From left:-Ashvini Pavalachandran (Wicherly), WFM Pevinya Peiris, (Vishaka), WCM- G.P.Y. Wijesuriya (Visakha), WCM Sayuni Gihansa Jayaweera, (Dharmasoka), Dineth Silva - Manager - Prime Lands, Kanishka Udagedara (Mahamaya), Chamika Withanage (NI - LCAI Pvt Ltd), WFM – Dilhara Wickramasinghe (Musaeus), Pulsara Gunawardana, (SriLankan Airlines), M.M.S. Thilini Anoratna, (Bank of Ceylon), WFM Pramodya Senanayake, (Mobitel), Malintha Perera, (MAS Holdings), WCM Kavindi Senarath, (DFCC Bank), Nishantha Withanage (NI - Sampath Bank), Buddhi Panagoda - IA, FI, (Secretary – CFSL), WIM – Sachini Ranasinghe, Suneetha Wijesuriya (WFM, FI, Chess Olympiad Gold Medalist, President AKCC), WCM Tharushi Niklesha (Visakha), Madam Anastasia Khokhlova, (First Secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Centre in Colombo), FM - L.M.S.T de Silva (Nalanda), Shanaka Munasinghe, (University of Peradeniya), Buddhapriya Ramanayake (CEO Russian Centre), Luxman Wijesuriya, (V-P Asian Chess Federation, General Secretary of the Commonwealth Chess Association and Tournament Secretary of CFSL), CM Supun Dasantha Kuruppu (Ananda), CM – Dinul Doluweera, (University of Sri Jayewardenepura), FM –Sanjula Doluweera (Royal), Oshadhi Kottahachchy (London Stock Exchange Group Business Services Limited), S.R. Deegoda, (S. Thomas’), Lasal Jayawardena, (Lyceum), Harishman Somaskandarasa, (Union Assurance), R.K.T. Dissanayake, (Dharmaraja), CM Kevin Silva, (St. Benedict’s), CM Dilshan Liyanage (Ananda), WA Harsha Sulochana, (NI - LCAI Pvt Ltd). (Absent): Piyamini de Silva (British School), FM - G.M Harshana Thilakaratne (Maliyadeva), WFM - K. K. M. Sachintha Kodikara, WFM Nevanjee Hewawasam (Visakha), H.M.H. Janandani Abeysinghe (Mahamaya), FM Sasith Nipun Piyumantha (Dharmasoka), Prabuddha Wijesinghe, (Navy), Yasith Hirimburegama - NI (Attorney at Law) and Lahiru Munasinghe, (University of Moratuwa).

The 20th anniversary celebration of the Anatoly Karpov Chess Club (AKCC) was held at the Russian Centre in Colombo on October 29 amid a crowd of chess lovers. The occasion was graced by the presence of Madam Anastasia Khokhlova, First Secretary of the embassy of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian Centre in Colombo.

Celebration was the platform to commemorate the 500 coaching camps conducted by the AKCC of the Russian Centre in the past twenty years and its contribution towards the betterment of chess in Sri Lanka, while awarding 20 emerging players in the national pool and 20 best players of the AKCC throughout the years.

Anatoly Karpov Chess Club is the leading chess club in Sri Lanka. According to woman Fide Master Suneetha Wijesuriya, the founder president of the Anatoly Karpov Chess Club, the club has conducted their activities according to the following five methods within a period of two decades.

Conducting island wide coaching camps is one of them.

Advanced chess coaching programmes to upgrade knowledge with the support of international grand masters and selecting players for international chess competitions held in India and Russia.

Conducting various chess tournaments in Age Groups, Women’s, New Millennium, Independence Trophy and Russian Ambassador Cup Categories are the others.

Distributing chess boards and chess books to students in rural areas with the support of Dr. Saman Weerasinghe, former ambassador of Sri Lanka in the Russia Federation and the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Russia Friendship Society and former sports ministers also took place.

Guests of Honour at the celebration were Buddhapriya Ramanayake, Chief Executive Officer of the Russian Centre in Colombo, Lakshman Wijesuriya, Vice President of the Asian Chess Federation and Tournament Secretary of the Sri Lanka Chess Federation and Professor Kumara Hirimburegama, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo.

 

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