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Sri Lankan girls smarter than the boys in chess

25 October, 2020
Sachini Ranasinghe-Sandeepani Tharushi-Tharushi Niklesha-Ashvini  Pavalachandran-Nethmi Fernando
Sachini Ranasinghe-Sandeepani Tharushi-Tharushi Niklesha-Ashvini Pavalachandran-Nethmi Fernando

The Sri Lanka women’s chess team qualified for the second round of the Asian Nations Cup 2020 online Chess Championships convincingly after they beat strong fourth seed Australia in the penultimate round and drawing against fancied Singapore in the last round.

However the men’s team was placed 17th out of the 38 Asian countries that participated and was not able to qualify for the second round.

Sri Lanka women beat Kuwait (4-0), Palestine (4-0), Syria (3 ½ ) and Australia (3-1), drew with Bangladesh (2-2), Kyrgyzstan (2-2) and Singapore (2-2) and lost to Kazakhstan (0-4) and Lebanon (1-3) to score 11 match points out of a possible 18 to be placed seventh and enter the second round.

The Sri Lanka women’s team was made up of Sachini Ranasinghe (WIM, Nf3 Chess Club) as captain and Nethmi Fernando (Women’s National Chess Champion and Girls High School, Kandy), Sandeepani Tharushi (Devi Balika Vidyalaya), Ashvini Pavalachandran (Wycherley International School) and Tharushi Niklesha (Visakha Vidyalaya). The men’s team comprised Minul Doluweera (captain), Harshana Tillekaratne (IM, Maliyadeva College), Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage (National Chess Champion, Ananda College), LMST De Silva (FM, Nalanda College) and Theekshana Denuwan (Ananda College). The Chess Federation of Sri Lanka (CFSL) headed by Lakshman Wijesuriya conducted their scheduled tournaments under health guidelines. (DR)

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