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.
Piyumal, Shehan hog limelight with notable feats
Under 19 Division I Cricket Round Up
by Reemus Fernando
A captain’s knock of 96 runs by Janitha Shehan and a five-wicket haul by Kavisha Piyumal were among the highlights as Tier ‘A’ and ‘B’ matches of the Under 19 Division I Limited Overs cricket tournament continued on Wednesday.
Janitha Shehan almost single handedly guided Gurukula to victory with an unbeaten knock (96n.o. in 114 balls, 9x4s) as he anchored the batting line up to reach a target of 188 runs in the penultimate over. They were 78 for four wickets at one stage.
At Katugastota, left-arm spinner Kavisha Piyumal produced his best figures in a limited overs match as St. Anthony’s, registered a three wickets victory against St. Sebastian’s, Moratuwa according to the Parabola Method.
The match which commenced as a 41 overs-a-side encounter saw the visitors being bowled out for 117 runs as Piyumal impressed with a five-wicket haul. His figures read 7.1-0-14-5.
In their essay, the home team had a revised target of 114 runs to chase in 39 overs and they achieved it in the 26th over with three wickets to spare. That was the third victory registered by St. Anthony’s. However, despite the victory they will remain in the fourth position in the points table behind St. Sebastian’s, who have four victories under their belt.
Wesley will remain in the second place in their group after registering their fourth win of the tournament yesterday. They beat D.S. Senanayake by five wickets after Shakesh Minon lead their attack with a four-wicket haul to contain the visitors to 159 runs at Campbell Park.
At Campbell Place, Nalanda were reduced to 126 runs before Royal pulled off a three wickets win to remain on top of the table in Tier ‘A’ Group ‘A’. Royal have four victories against their name now after six outings.
In a Tier ‘B’ match played at Kadirana, St. Joseph Vaz’s pulled off an exciting two wickets victory over St. Sylvester’s as their ninth wicket pair kept their cool to add an unfinished stand of 34 runs to win with three balls to spare.
In the other Tier ‘B’ match, a century by Amitha Sandeepa (121 in 131 balls, 11x4s, 2x6s) was in vain for St. Anthony’s Wattala as Mahinda restricted them to 259 runs to win by 17 runs at Galle. For Mahinda, Shehan Hasaranga hogged the limelight cracking 69 runs in 31 balls. His hurricane knock included three fours and seven sixes.
Wesley beat DSS by five wickets at Campbell Park
159 all out in 37.5 overs (Gaviru Senhas 54, Manura Pieris 30, Akidha Weerasuriya 27n.o.; Uvin Perera 3/32, Shakesh Minon 4/41, Linal Subasinghe 2/19)
161 for 5 in 29.2 overs (Sanithu Amarasinghe 28, Chamath Gomez 48, Ashan Sudarshana 34, Uvin Perera 24; Senura Silva 3/48)
St. Anthony’s beat St. Sebastian’s by three wickets according to Paraboala Method at Katugastota
117 all out in 39.1 overs (Ryan Dissanayake 28, Sanesh Fernando 28; Kaveesha Piyumal 5/14)
117 for 7 in 26 overs (Janith Rathnasiri 39, Thisara Ekanayake 42n.o., Sajan Wijerathna 2/19, Nadeesh Fernando 3/29)
Royal beat Nalanda by three wickets at Campbell Place
126 all out in 37.3 overs (Yasiru Samarakoon 29, Manupa Manmitha 40; Dasis Manchanayaka 2/17, Sineth Jayawardena 2/20, Thamod Madularachchi 2/15)
127 for 7 in 38.2 overs (Sineth Jayawardena 37; Sajitha Vithanage 2/23)
Gurukula beat De Mazenod by three wickets at Kandana
187 all out in 48.5 overs (Hasith Sandeepa 23, Neshan Dias 30, Uvindu Perera 22, Sithum Fernando 24, Mishen Fernando 52n.o.; Janitha Shehan 2/45, Hiruna Nimsara 4/27)
188 for 7 in 48.5 overs (Janitha Shehan 96n.o.; Sithum Fernando 2/17, Neshan Dias 2/39)
Mahinda beat St. Anthony’s Wattala by 17 runs at Galle
276 for 7 in 50 overs (Dinura Kalupahana 55, Dhanuja Induwara 64, Hareen Achintha 22, Hiruna Mandila 23, Shehan Hasaranga 69; Madura Bashitha 2/57, Amitha Sandeepa 2/49)
St. Anthony’s Wattala
259 all out in 49.3 overs (Harsha Weerasooriya 26, Amitha Sandeepa 121, Pathum Vihaga 22; Dinura Kalupahana 2/38, Shehan Hasaranga 2/58, Dhanuja Induwara 2/38)
St. Joseph Vaz’s beat St. Sylvester’s by two wickets at Kadirana
184 all out in 50 overs (Malith Lakshan 35, Dion Fernando 44, Yoshitha Isuranga 36, Chandupa Waduge 21; Janith Shehan 3/41, Menusha Perera 3/33)
St. Joseph Vaz’s
185 for 8 in 49.3 overs (Kavindu Nishara 41, Dasun Perera 30, Vishwa Rajapaksha 26, Janith Shehan19n.o., Raveen Chethana 14n.o.; Khanka Wickramasinghe 2/35, Akila Wickramasinghe 4/19)
HFC champions at Western Province Schools Basketball Tournament
Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya emerged undefeated champions in the Western Province Schools Basketball Tournament and advanced to the All-Island School Games Basketball Championships.
The Western Province School Games basketball tournament concluded during the last weekend. 29 girls’ teams featured in the tournament with 16 teams in the Under 17 category and 13 teams in the Under 20 category. Matches up to quarterfinals were played as knockout matches and the winning four teams (from each category) advanced to the semi-final stage. The girls’ semis and finals were played at the St. Peter’s College Basketball court.
In the Under 20 competition the Familians secured a dominant 53 – 7 win against Colombo International School at the finals after defeating Bishops College 67 – 20 (quarter-finals) and Our Lady of Victories 69 – 30 (semi-finals).
The younger Familians saw off St. Joseph’s Girl’s School to win their final with a score line of 28 – 17. HFC’s Under 17 team clinched the win defeating Our Lady of Victories (quarterfinals 57 – 22) and Lyceum Wattala (semis 47 – 27).
Both teams started strong and kept the momentum throughout the tournament scoring in each possession they could, pressurizing the oppositions with a tight defense, dominating in terms of pace, steals and rebounds which led to many fast breaks.
St. Sebastian’s and Sangamitta Balika clinch ‘Super A’ team titles
Under-19 Inter-Schools Badminton Team Championship
St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa and Sangamitta Balika Vidyalaya, Galle, clinched the boys’ and girls’ Super A Division titles respectively at the Under-19 Inter-Schools Badminton Team Championship which took place in Colombo.
The all-island tournament, organized by the Sri Lanka Schools Badminton Association (SLSBA) at the Royal College Sports Complex and the D S Senanayaka College Indoor Stadium, saw teams from 84 schools in action under five divisions, namely A, B, C, D, E and Super A.
The Super A Division saw Ananda College, Colombo (A) and Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara becoming runners up in the boys’ and girls’ categories respectively.
Division A titles were won by St. Anthony’s College, Kandy (A) and Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo while Lumbini College, Colombo and Maliyadeva Balika MV, Kurunegala, clinched the Division B victories.
Wesley College, Colombo, and Holy Family Convent, Kurunegala won the Division C titles.
Lalith Athulathmudali MC, Mt. Lavinia, won the Division D boys’ championship while Rathnawali Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha, clinched the girls’ title.
Both boys’ and girls’ Championship crowns were won by shuttlers from Central College, Badulla.
Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB) President Rohan de Silva graced the final day’s prize distribution ceremony held at the Royal College, as the chief guest. SLSBA President Atula Wijewardena, officials of the SLB and SLSBA and the principals of the participating schools were also among the attendees at the occasion.
Under 19 Inter-schools
Central College, Badulla
Tissa Central College
Central College, Badulla
Lalith Athulathmudali MC, Mt. Lavinia
AS Siraj College, Kandy
Rathnawali Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha
Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena
Wesley College, Colombo
Mahinda College, Galle
Holy Family Convent, Kurunegala
Princess of Wales College, Moratuwa
Lumbini College, Colombo
Bandaranaike College, Gampaha
Maliyadeva Balika MV, Kurunegala
Viharamahadevi Balika Vidyalaya
St. Anthony’s College, Kandy (A)
Richmond College, Galle
Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo
OLV Convent, Moratuwa
St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa
Ananda College, Colombo (A)
Sangamitta Balika Vidyalaya, Galle
Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara
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