The National 'A' Chess Championship
(Men and Women) will be held over the next two weekends,
starting on Friday, October 12 at 532/4K, Galle Rd, Colombo 3.
The tournament will begin on October 12th. The 6th and 12th
rounds will be held at the Informatics Library, located in the
Liberty Plaza Complex (2nd Floor).
The Mt. Lavinia Chess Club is the main
sponsor of the tournament with a total of Rs 35,000 on offer as
prize money, in addition to trophies and medals. The tournament
will be conducted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka and the
results will have heavy bearing when selecting players to
represent Sri Lanka at all international events.
Both sections will be in the Round
Robin format, with the players having to meet all other players
once over 13 rounds.
The National 'A' is the pinnacle event
of the National Cycle of tournaments and follow several
qualifying events held throughout the island. Defending Champion
Athula Russel who has performed creditably in recent
international tournaments is the obvious favourite but can
expect stiff challenge from G.C. Anuruddha (who won the National
'B' quite comfortably), veteran G.L. Wijesuriya and a host of
younger players capable of creating the odd upset.
In the absence of defending National
Champion, Pramodya Senanayake of Musaeus College, and fellow-WFM,
Nirmala Chandrasiri, who are both concentrating on their A/L
examinations, a close tussle is expected between former National
Champion Vineetha Wijesuriya who won the National B event, last
year's runner-up Sachini Ranasinghe, Lihini Walallawita (Second
in the National 'B'), B.G.D. Umesha and several other up and
coming young players.
The following is the full list of
players who have qualified to play in the National A: (Men)
Athula Russell, G.C. Anuruddha, G.L.Wijesuriya, R.S. Dissanayake,
R.M.C.M. Rajapakha, Naditha Amarakoon, Rashin N. De Silva,
Nishendra Heart, K.O.V. Kottahachchy, J.K.C. Ketalawala, Danuke
Kuruppu, T.G.M. Peiris, Dulan Edirisinghe and Prasanna
Kurukulasuriya; (Women): G.V. Wijesuriya, Lihini Walallawita,
Sachini Ranasinghe, B.G.D. Umesha, Thanya Cooray, A. Rajapaksha,
S. Thilakawardana, Sithumi Kodithuwakku, B. Jayathilaka, Lumbini
Ambanwala, Gayathri K. Herath, Anjana Perera, D.M. Piumi
Maheshika and Dinushki Premanath.