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Passed Pawn Chess Club on top after first stage



CFSL Online Women Team Chess Championships 2022

The Passed Pawn Chess Club inclusive of Women’s International Master (WIM) Sachini Ranasinghe (Captain), WIM Nelunika Metmani, WIM from India B. Shri Savitha, WFM Dasuni Hansika Mendis and WCM Sanudula Dahamdi claimed the top position at the end of the first stage of the CFSL online Women Team Chess Championships on Sunday.

Passed Pawn team scored 14 match points out of possible 14, winning all seven matches convincingly. They beat Negambo Chess Academy (4-0), SABRA Women’s CC(4-0), Castle Siege CC (4-0), Mayor’s Chess Club (3 ½ – ½ ), Black Knight Chess Club (3-1), Kriegspiel Chess Academy (4-0) and Super Fighters CC (2 ½ -1 ½ ) convincingly.

Mayor’s Chess Club with Kaveesha Indrajith, HMMD Herath, WIM from India Michelle Catherine, BSMT Cooray and DADT Srilal played well to reach the second position with 12 match points out of 14. They lost to Passed Pawns (½ – 3 ½ ) but beat all other teams they met. , Black Knight Chess Club- Ruby (4-0) (2 ½ -1 ½ ), Kriegspiel Chess Academy (4-0), Black Knight Chess Club (2 ½ -1 ½ ), Castle Siege CC(3-1), Zugzwang Queen (4-0) and Queen Star Chess Academy A (4 -0) to score 12 points.

Kriegspiel Chess Academy from Ambalangoda were in the third position. The team inclusive of Minethma Wickramasinghe, Esandi Newansa, Sayumi Gamage and Kaveeshwari de Silva scored 10 points out of 14. The lost to Passed Pawns and Mayor’s Chess Club but beat all other teams they met.

Black Knight Black Knight Chess Club and Castle Siege Chess Club were tied for the fourth place with nine points each but Black Knight CC were placed above the latter on better tie breaking points which is the total of the individual points scored by the players. Black Knight had 19 points while Castle Siege had 17 only.

The second stage, which is the semi-final stage, will be between the top four teams.

The Lineup

Semi Final 1 – No. 1, Passed Pawn CC Vs No. 4, Black Knight CC

Semi Final 2 – No. 2, Mayor’s CC Vs No. 3, Kriegspiel Chess Academi

The Finals – Winner 1 Vs Winner 2

The Consolation Finals – Loser 1 Vs. Loser 2

The Semi Finals will be played today while the finals and the consolation finals will be played on Wednesday starting at 6.00 p.m.

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Kalinga, Aruna, Nadeesha qualify for Asian Games finals



by Reemus Fernando

All three Sri Lankan sprinters qualified for the finals of their respective disciplines to give country’s track and field campaign a positive start at the Asian Games on Friday.While Kalinga Kumarage and Aruna Dharshana qualified for the men’s 400 metres final, Asian Championship gold medallist Nadeesha Ramanayake reached the finals of the women’s 400metres.

Ramanayake clocked the third fastest time in the heats to qualify for the finals where Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Kujidat and Salwa Nesar are the strongest contenders for the gold medal.

Competing in the third heat Ramanayake clocked 52.67 seconds to finish second behind Oluwakemi Kujidat. Ramanayake’s time was the third fastest in the heats in the final analysis. While former world champion Salwa Nesar was the winner in the second heat, Shereen Samson of Malaysia won the first heat in a time of 52.89 seconds.

Both Salwa and Oluwakemi Kujidat were not in the fray when Ramanayake won Sri Lanka the gold medal at the recently held Asian Athletics Championship. Ramanayake will have a tough ask today when she competes for Asian Games glory.

In the men’s category 400 metres, Kumarage clocked 45.57 seconds to win his heat, while Aruna Dharshana finished third in his heat in a time of 46.07 seconds.\Kumarage’s 45.54 seconds is the third fastest time in the heats, while Dharshana enters final as the eighth fastest from the heats.

All three sprinters will be eager to create history when they compete in the 400 metres finals. Sri Lanka has not won a medal of any colour in track and field at these Games since 2006.

Sri Lanka won two bronze medals at the Asian Games in Doha. Susanthika Jayasinghe in the women’s 200 metres and the men’s 4×400 metres team of Sugath Thilakaratne, Rohan Pradeep Kumara, Prasanna Amarasekara and Ranga Wimalawansa were the last medallist for Sri Lanka in track and field at these Games.

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New Zealand 96-17 Italy: All Blacks move to cusp of Rugby World Cup quarter-finals




Will Jordan produced a stunning finish to score his side's first try (pic BBC)

Superb New Zealand scored an incredible 14 tries and hit 96 points against Italy in Pool A to move to the cusp of the World Cup quarter-finals.

Knowing a defeat would see them eliminated, the All Blacks raced into a pulsating 49-3 half-time lead. They ultimately ran out 96-17 victors with scrum-half Aaron Smith scoring a hat-trick after just 33 minutes.

The All Blacks will guarantee a spot in the knockouts with a win over Uruguay in their final pool match on Thursday. Italy must beat hosts France in their next match to reach a first World Cup quarter-final.

The All Blacks’ win sees them jump up to second in Pool A, level on points with Italy who they now have a superior head-to-head record over.


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New Zealand cruise past Pakistan’s 345 with five wickets in hand




Despite not being full fit, Williamson looked in rhythm during his half-century (Cricbuzz)

Kane Williamson’s return to action headlined New Zealand’s first official warmup match of the 2023 World Cup as they hit the right notes with the bat in a high-scoring game in Hyderabad. Mohammad Rizwan (103) and Babar Azam (80) provided a good platform and the middle order got amongst the runs to help Pakistan post 345. The total, however, proved insufficient as New Zealand, led by Rachin Ravindra’s 97 and three other half-century scores, including that of Williamson, pulled off the chase with 6.2 overs to spare

After Devon Conway was dismissed by Hasan Ali for a golden duck, Ravindra and Williamson got together and added 179 runs in just 22 overs to power New Zealand’s chase. Williamson decided to retire after crossing fifty while Ravindra was dismissed by Agha Salman before he could get a ton. Usama Mir then picked up the wickets of Tom Latham and Glenn Phillips in quick succession but fifties from Mark Chapman and Daryl Mitchell, and an important 33 from James Neesham, helped New Zealand over the line in the 44th over.

Earlier, After opting to bat, Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq in the second over to Matt Henry while Mitch Santner had Abdullah Shafique out stumped. Babar, who started watchfully, found his groove while Rizwan also scored at a steady rate as they raised a century partnership to set things up nicely for Pakistan. Babar, however, missed a hundred while Rizwan retired after reaching three figures, giving Pakistan’s lower middle order some time out in the middle. Saud Shakeel (75) and Agha Salman (33*) came up with handy contributions to propel Pakistan past 340.

Brief scores:
Pakistan 345/5 in 50 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 103, Babar Azam 80; Mitch Santner 2-39) lost to New Zealand 346/5 in 43.4 overs (Rachin Ravindra 97, Mark Chapman 65; Usama Mir 2-68) by 5 wickets

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