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Sachini, Devnethmi score five points each as SL settle for fifth position



The FIDE Online Chess Olympiad 2020

The Sri Lanka National Chess team had to settle for the fifth position in Pool ‘B’ of Division III when they conceded a 1-5 defeat to Botswana in the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad 2020 on Sunday. The team did well to record victories against even number one, International Cripple Association team and strong Tajikistan team in earlier rounds, but failed to turn tables on strong Portugal and Scotland teams in the round two and round eight. They also recorded a draw against the UAE National team.

The FIDE World Chess Olympiad is conducted by the World Chess Federation to compensate for the postponement of the 45th FIDE Chess Olympiad to August 2021 due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

A total of 163 countries are participating in the event where FIDE has introduced a new format for the team to have two males, two females, one under 20 boy and one under 20 girl. The event is held in the Rapid Chess format with 15 minutes per side with 10 second increment from move one.

Sri Lanka beat Chinese Taipei 4 ½ – 1 ½ in the first round and lost to Scotland 2 ½ – 3 ½ in the second round. They received a walk over from Nigeria (6 -0) in third round, beat Tajikistan 4-2 in the fourth round, drew with the UAE in the 5th round (3-3), beat Angola 4-2 in the sixth round, beat IPCA 4-2 in the seventh round, lost to Portugal 2 ½ – 1 ½ in the eighth round and lost to Botswana 1- 5 in the last and final round to score 11 match points which placed them in the fifth position in their group.

Portugal, IPCA and Scotland placed first, second and third respectively in pool ‘B’ and advanced to level II which will start on Friday (14).

Women International Master Sachini Ransinghe was the outstanding performer for Sri Lanka as she scored 5 points in six games, while Devnethmi Dahampriya also scored five points in eight Games.

The Sri Lanka National Chess Team consisted of FIDE Master Harshana Thilakarathne (Maliyadeva College-Captain), FIDE Master Isuru Alahakoon (Sri Lanka Navy), Devnethmi Dahampriya (Visakha Vidyalaya), Ashvini Pavalchandran (Wycherly International School), FIDE Master L M S T de Silva(Nalanda College), WCM Sayuni Gihansa Jayaweera (Dharmasoka College), CM Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage(Ananda College), FIDE Master Chinthaka Anuruddha (YMCA Kandy CC), Nethmi Fernando(Girls High School), Women International Master Sachini Ranasinghe (Nf3 Chess Club), FIDE Master Minul Doluweera (Royal College) and WCM Tharushi Niklesha (Visakha Vidyalaya). Ransith Fernando was the Team Manager while Rajeendra Kalugampitiya was the Coach.

The Polymath College International supported the Chess Federation by providing the venue and internet facilities throughout the event. Luxman Wijesuriya, Hony. Tournament Secretary and a Vice President of the Asian Chess Federation thanked Upali Gunasekara, the Principal of Polymath College International and the school’s management for their fullest corporation in making Sri Lanka’s participation a reality.


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Joes stun Richmond, Mahanama sail through



Under-19 Cricket

by Reemus Fernando

St. Joseph’s registered a stunning 128 runs win over league stage group champions Richmond and Mahanama beat St. Anthony’s Katugastota by 38 runs as the two teams completed the semi-final line up of the Under-19 Division I Tier ‘A’ tournament on Tuesday.

Dunith Wellalage top scored with 61 runs for St. Joseph’s before taking two wickets as the Joes ended Richmond’s unbeaten run restricting them to 100 runs. Incidentally, Richmond had recorded five wins in a row during the league stage and were the champions in group ‘Z’. St. Joseph’s were the third placed team in group ‘Y’ having scored three wins in five outings.

Mahanama lived up to their reputation as one of the favourites for the title as they knocked out the team from Kandy. Sampath Nissanka took four wickets to contain St. Anthony’s to 116 runs.

Now Mahanama will meet Royal in the semi-final, while St. Joseph’s take on Trinity.

Meanwhile in a Division II Tier ‘A’ quarter-final match Royal College, Panadura registered a two wickets win over Bandaranaike College, Gampaha.


Division I Tier A

St. Joseph’s beat Richmond at DSS ground

St. Joseph’s

228 for 9 in 50 overs (Sadeesh Jayawardena 29, Sheran Fonseka 54, Dunith Wellalage 61, Hirun Matheesha 21n.o.; Amshi de Silva 2/46, Kavindu Nirmana 4/39)


100 all out in 29.3 overs (Hansamana de Silva 33, Amshi de Silva 25; Deshan Seneviratne 2/22, Shenuka de Silva 3/27, Dunith Wellalage 2/22, Shevon Daniel 2/00)

Mahanama beat St. Anthony’s at Kurunegala


154 all out in 46.4 overs (Savindu Kavinda 22, Sachira Weliwatte 50, Dhanaja Sadalidu 27, Achintha Supun 24; Chamindu Wickramasinghe 2/21, Divyesh Ramaiya 3/19, Tharindu Lamahewage 2/37)

St. Anthony’s

116 all out in 44.4 overs (Anjala Bandara 44; Sampath Nissanka 4/36, Sethum Kenula 2/22, Sadishan Chamodya 2/22)


Division II Tier ‘B’

Royal beat Bandaranaike at Asgiriya


113 all out in 32.3 overs (S. D. Saranga 21, Rusith Kavishka 27; Himesh Fernando 2/15, Hasantha Warunajith 4/28, Milinda Sanjaya 3/26)


116 for 8 in 30.3 overs (Jayod Silva 17; Kanishka Malinga 4/29, Kavishka Jayawardena 3/17)

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Green top awaits Cobras  



Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Head Coach Mickey Arthur take a look at the pitch ahead of the first Test against Bangladesh at Pallekele that gets under way today. Fast bowlers are expected to make merry on a green top never seen before in Sri Lanka.

Rex Clementine at Pallekele

One of the best gifts a dad can give a child is a trip to Leisure World at Avissawella and similarly one of the best things that can happen to a Sri Lankan quick is to get a green top at home. That’s exactly what’s going to happen at Pallekele today.

Not too sure when was the last time on  Sri Lankan soil so much grass had been left on a cricket pitch.  For a few days Pallekele is going to look like Newlands in Cape Town.

The unlucky ones are Dilshan Madusanka and Asitha Fernando who will not get a chance to bowl here.  

The new ball will be shared by Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara with Vishwa Fernando providing variety with his left-arm seam.

A lot will be expected of Suranga Lakmal who was Player of the Series in the West Indies. Kumara will be a handful with his raw pace. But the real deal is Vishwa, whose clever tricks when conditions are helpful are a treat to watch.

Expect Angelo Mathews to do more bowling this series as well. Whether they will have a fifth seamer in Dasun Shanaka or opt for Wanindu Hasaranga at number seven remains to be seen.

With Mathews returning to the side, one of the batters will be left out from the side and whoever who gets the axe must consider himself very unlucky.

There is reason for Sri Lanka to change their strategy to pace based. Bangladesh’s strength is spin and the hosts don’t want to play into their hands. That’s exactly why the series is played in Kandy and not Galle.

Bangladesh will miss Shakib Al Hasan, their main match winner. They are also without their lead pacie – Mustafizur Rahman. Both are in India playing IPL.  

The tourists are under pressure. They lost a home series to West Indies unexpectedly and were whitewashed in New Zealand losing all six white ball games. Their away record also nothing much to boast about having won just one Test match in the last four years – against Sri Lanka in 2017.

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Lisal, Saajida win singles titles



Clay Courts National Tennis Championship

Number one ranked Lisal Goonetilleke bagged the Under-14 boys’ singles title, Saajida Razick claimed the Under-18 girls’ singles trophy as the Clay Courts National Tennis Championship continued at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Tuesday.

S. Thomas’ College player Goonetilleke scored a 6-1, 6-4 win against Methvan Wijemanne to win the Under-14 final.

Bishop’s College player Saajida Razick beat Hasali Gajaba 7-5, 6-4 to win the Under-18 girls’ title.

In the Under-14 girls doubles final, Inuki Jayaweera of Musaeus College and Melesha Randini of Ave Maria Convent, Negombo beat Akeesha Silva and Movindi Fernando to win the trophy.


Under 14 Boys’ Singles Final:

Lisal Goonetilleke beat Methvan Wijemanne 6-1, 6-4.

Under-18 Girls’ Singles Final:

Saajida Razick beat Hasali Gajaba 7-5, 6-4.

Under-14 Girl’s Doubles Final:

Inuki Jayaweera and Melesha Randini beat Akeesha Silva and Movindi Fernando 5-3, 4-2. (RF)

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