Sri Lanka wins Two Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze!

Sri Lanka number 1 ranked, International Master, Harshana Thilakarathne won the Gold medal in the most important under 18 years (Open) category of the Western Asian Online Youth Chess Championships concluded on 20th September 2021. Harshana who is from Maliyadeva College played excellent Chess being the leader from the 1st round and won the Gold medal convincingly. He beat Aljabari Mohammad.A (Palastine), Radwan Mahmoud J (Palastine), FIDE Master Anees M Mohamed(India), Mazhkenov Alisher (Kazakhstan), Dhingra Aaditya(India) and Khazaei Parviz(Iran) and drew with Bosagh Zadeh Alireza and (Iran) and Ranjan Aryan(India) and lost one game to our own National player LMST De Silva to score 7 points out of possible 9 games to make us proud.

The young Oshini Devindya Gunawardena who is the current under 10 Years Girls World Chess Champion showed her supremacy by winning the under 10 Category medal of this Championships. Though unfortunately she lost her 2nd game to Indian player, R Charudharshini(India) she recovered well scoring wins with all other players Bhuchar Ridhima(India), A Anjana (India), Reya Banker(India), Gunesh Dessai Saeeja (India), GHS Sanulya (Sri Lanka), Akbari Rosha (Iran), S Ukkali Krupa(India) and Dongre Anshika(India) to score 8 points out of 9 games and win the event. Oshini is from Furguson High School, Ratnapura and is coached by Mr. Akhila Kavinda, a prominent Chess trainer in the country.

The Sri Lankan prominent youth player in the National Chess Team, Susal De Silva of Nalanda College made the Silver in under 18 category by winning with the champion in the crucial penultimate round. He also suffered two early loses in 2nd and 3rd rounds to Ranjan Arayan(India) and Kusalwin Liyanage in 2nd and 3rd rounds he made a miracle by scoring 6 ½ points out of rest of 7 games to win the Silver Medal. He beat Al Busaidi Hamood(Oman), Radwan Mahmoud J(Palastine), Khalifa Essa Albalooshi(UAE), Khazaei Parviz(Iran), Dhingra Aaditya (India), Harshana and Mazhkenov Alisher(Kazakhatan) to score 6 ½ points out of 9 games.

M Esandi Newansa of Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda made the Bronze Medal in the Under 12 years Girls category scoring 6 ½ points out of 9 games. She beat Anujana Hasandi (Sri lanka), Sachi Jain(India), Rouda Essa Alserkal(UAE), Sirin Kalyani(India), Ebrahimi Rashti Asal (Iran) and Abaeva Aiana and drew with Alavi Mahsa(Iran) and lost 2 games to Imani Adrina and Davari Sara both from Iran.

India and Iran was in the close contest for the medals. India won 5 Gold Medals in under 16 Open by Jimmy Jubbin with a score of 7 ½ out of 9 games, Under 14 Open & Girls by Singh Sahib with a score of 7 ½ out of 9 games and M Sreekumar Anupam with a score of 8 ½ points out of 9, under 10 years Open by Ethan Zaz with 7 ½ points out of 9 and Under 8 Open by B Vishruth with a score of 8 points out of 9 games. Iran won 4 Gold medals in Under 18 Girls by Mohammadi Melika with a score of 7 ½ points out of 9 games, Under 16 girls by Mohammadi Melika with a perfect score of 9 out of 9 games, Under 12 Open by Gholami Armin with a score of 8 points out of 9 games, Under 12 Girls by Davari Sara with a perfect score of 9 out of 9 games. The overall champion will be declared after the Final results of the under 8 Girls which is announced after the officials received the fare play report on 21st September 2021.

The western Asian Online Youth Chess Championships conducted by the Asian Chess Federation and organized by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka was held from 18th – 20th September 2021. A total of 850 players participated in this biggest online Chess Event of Asia on Tornelo platform. The time control is 15 minutes + 10 seconds for each move played. The Countries of Bangladesh, India, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Palestine, Syria, UAE, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka participated in the event.

The Winners of each age group will be selected to play the FIDE World Youth and Cadet Chess Grand Prix 2021 to be conducted by the International Chess Federation. So the two Sri Lankan players, International Master Harshana Thilakarathne and Oshini Gunawardena will be selected for the event.

Name Country Age Category Place
IM  Thilakarathne G M H Sri Lanka U 18 Open Gold Medal
FM  De Silva L M S T Sri Lanka U 18 Open Silver Medal
Bosagh Zadeh Alireza Iran U 18 Open Bronze Medal
WFM Prachiti Chandratreya India U 18 Girls Gold Medal
WFM Salonika Saina India U 18 Girls Silver Medal
Bhowmick Susmita India U 18 Girls Bronze Medal
FM  Krishna S Rohit India U 16 Open Gold Medal
FM  Varshney Aryan India U 16 Open Silver Medal
FM  Atakhan Abtin Iran U 16 Open Bronze Medal
WIM  Deshmukh Divya India U 16 Girls Gold Medal
WCM  Ghomi Parnian Iran U 16 Girls Silver Medal
Harati Hasti Iran U 16 Girls Bronze Medal
Singh Sahib India U 14 Open Gold Medal
Suleimen Ergali Kazakhstan U 14 Open Silver Medal
Kaivalya Sandip Nagare India U 14 Open Bronze Medal
M Seekumar Anupam India U 14 Girls Gold Medal
Hajantniya Reyhaneh Iran U 14 Girls Silver Medal
H G Pragnya India U 14 Girls Bronze Medal
Rajkhowa Mrinmoy India U 12 Open Gold Medal
Nitin Vekhande Kshatriya India U 12 Open Silver Medal
Wadhawan Daaevik India U 12 Open Bronze Medal
Davari Sara Iran U 12 Girls Gold Medal
Gupta Shubhi India U 12 Girls Silver Medal
Newansa M Esandi Sri Lanka U 12 Girls Bronze Medal
Vaz Ethan India U 10 Open Gold Medal
Adiga Sathvik India U 10 Open Silver Medal
Dauren Darmen Kazakhstan U 10 Open Bronze Medal
Gunawardhana Devindya Oshini Sri Lanka U 10 Girls Gold Medal
Akbari Rosha Iran U 10 Girls Silver Medal
V C Nivedita India U 10 Girls Bronze Medal
B Vishruth India U 08 Open Gold Medal
Pratap Sharma Madhvendra India U 08 Open Silver Medal
Pranav Mithun India U 08 Open Bronze Medal
Mizakhani Bahar Iran U 08 Girls Gold Medal
A Charvi India U 08 Girls Silver Medal
Bohara Ira India U 08 Girls Bronze Medal

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