‘99X Technology’ ranked among top 10 chess teams


Team from 99X Technology (From left): Sameera Gunasinghe, Hiran Silva, Buddhika Wijesinghe, Navaka Navaratne and Jayanga Wagaarachchi.

‘99X Technology’ faced off with the best at the second Mercantile and Government Services International Rating Chess Championship, held last week, and they ended up among top ten.

Hosted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka at the National Institute of Sports Science from 22 to 25 November, the contest saw nearly 100 participants from over 30 companies taking part in the competition over four days.

A mere point separated ‘99X Technology’’s team, which was placed seventh in the overall rankings, from the winners, showing the level of competitiveness within the ‘99X Technology’ players. The winning team from Hatton National Bank had a score on par with both Srilankan Airlines and Mobitel, which were placed second and third respectively, as did the teams placed after them, which resulted in a slew of tiebreakers to adjudge the final winner.

The tournament featured individual games amongst the participants after which the points accumulated by the top three performers of each team were totalled to decide on the team rankings.

The team from 99X Technology consisted of Associate Tech Lead, Sameera Gunasinghe, Software Engineers Buddhika Wijesinghe and Jayanga Wagaarachchi, Senior Systems Engineer Hiran Silva and Process/Management Associate Navaka Navaratne. Sameera Gunasinghe also came in seventh in the individual set, the only player from the top eight teams to win a place in the individual open category.

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