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Sokians Chess Club wins the Inaugural CFSL Online Rapid Teams Chess Cup

The Sokians Chess Club from Ambalangoda won the CFSL Inaugural Online Rapid Chess Cup 2020 conducted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka at the Chess.com digital flat form after a nail biting finish yesterday. The strongest Team, Lasker Chess Club with three National Team players and The Sokians with an International Master from Uzbekistan with Asian Gold Medalist Sasith Piyumantha entered the finals beating Marshall Chess Club and Anandians Chess Club respectively.

The Final stage was to play two matches with different colours by the finalists. The Sokian’s managed to edge the Laskar CC 2 ½ to 1 ½ in the first final match with the support of the Uzbekistan International Master, Abdusalamov Abdimalik and Kasun Wimalasuriya scoring full points and Thisal Manjith getting a Draw in Sokian’s favour. The National Chess Champion Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage scored a full point for Lasker CC.

The Finals started at 5.30 p.m. and the teams were having 1 ½ points each from a draw between Sadith and Ranindu, and a win from the IM to Sokians and L.M.S.T. De Silva scored a full point for Lasker CC. The marathon final game between Thisal Manjith Piyumantha Vs Akila Kavinda dragged 130 moves where Thisal managed to get the required draw. The Anandians Chess Club managed to win the Bronze medal beating the Marshall Chess Club in the consolation finals. The Indian International Master Mohammad Nubairshah Sheikh scored two full points in both rounds against Athula Russel and M.A.A.H. Rathnayake respectively. Chathulanka Gamage beat D.C.J. Karunarathne while Lahiru Munasinghe got a draw against K.R.V.R. Subasinghe in the 1st round to score 2 ½ points to win the round. In the 2nd round, Lahiru Munasinghe and Chathulanka Gamage got two draws with K.R.V.R. Subasinghe and D.C.J. Karunarathne had a draw to win the third place. Only C.M.S. Praneeth Kumar managed to win both games for Marshall Chess Club.

The Online Rapid Teams Chess Cup 2020 was a great success with the participation of 95 Teams, 475 players. The event was played in five categories according to the ranking of the players where the Sixth stage was knocked out in the finals. The three teams which won the 1st, 2nd and third place in the category advanced to the higher category event. The event was held from 19th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021 and came to a grand finish.

The Chess Federation arranged a live stream at CFSL YouTube Channel with the commentaries by the International Master Harshana Thilakarathne, Dulan Edirisinghe and Womens International Master Sachini Ranasinghe. A virtual Awarding Ceremony was also arranged by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka with the participation of Casto Abundo, the CEO of Asian Chess Federation and Luxman Wijesuriya, the President of Chess Federation of Sri Lanka.

Champions - Sokians Chess Club (M. Sasith Niupun Piyumantha, M. Thisal Manjith Piyumantha, Abdimalik Abdisalimov, Kasun M. Wimalasuriya)

1st Runner Up - Lasker Chess Club *(Romesh Weerawardane, Ranidu Dilshan Liyanage, Akila Kavinda, L. M. S. T. De Silva)

2nd Runner up - Anandians Chess Club (H. G. Denuwan Theekshana, Chathulanka Gamage, Lahiru Munasinghe, Nubairshah Sheikh Mohammad)

4th Place - Marshall Chess Club M.K.A. Russel, M. A. A. H. Rathnayaka, K.R.V.R. Subasinghe, C. M. S. Praneeth Kumara, D.C.J. Karunarathne)

(Y.K.)