Chess Federation celebrates golden jubilee

The Chess Federation of Sri Lanka (CFSL) is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year. The CFSL has many activities planned to mark their golden year, said CFSL Chairman Luxman Wijesuriya.

Among these activities, the Golden Jubilee International Youth Chess Championships 2022 – (12 categories), World Junior Online Chess Championships 2022, Asian Nations Cup Youth Chess Championships and Asian Schools Chess Championships 2022 are planned to focus more on international players, bringing good exposure is for the local players. In addition, CFSL is also planning training programs for technical officers, Golden Jubilee International Open Grand Master Chess Championships, while they will hold a religious ceremony on September 2 and 3 with the gathering of all top chess players and Officials.

The chess federation has become one of the most active federations in Sri Lanka as well as one of the most active chess federations in Asia. Even with the pandemic situation, the CFSL 100 had odd events online and possibly across the board. Golden Jubilee has come at the right time with the all over the country.

The Chess Federation of Sri Lanka was established on September 3, 1972 under the presidency of Mr VP Vittachchi. After a few years, R. Bodinagoda, who was the chairman of the Lake House, became president and during that time some progressive activations took place. The current era began in 1999 under the presidency of Derrick Perera, where two major events, the Asian Junior Chess Championships, were held in 2000 and 2001 in a grand style. Derrick was appointed general secretary of the Asian Chess Federation in 2002. The 1st National Chess Champion is Christopher Parakrama of Royal College and Sri Lanka started playing the FIDE Chess Olympiad for the first time in 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A team led by Arjuna Parakrama with Harsha Aturupane, LC Goonatilleke and Sunil Weeramantry took part. the CFSL started their regular participation in Chess Olympiads from 2000, Turkey. After the year 2000, we were regular members in all Chess Olympiads that took place in Slovenia 2002, Spain 2004, Italy 2006, Germany 2008, Russia 2010, Turkey 2012, Norway 2014, Azerbaijan 2016 and Georgia 2018. But Suneetha Wijesuriya paid tribute to the country the 1992 FIDE Chess Olympiad in Manila by winning a Council Prize Gold Medal. The current development of the Sri Lanka Chess was led by President Luxman Wijesuriya. fast and Sachini Ranasinghe became the winner of the 2011 Asian Women’s Zonal Chess Championship and became the 1st International Women’s Masters in the country. She qualified for the FIDE Women Chess World Cup in 2012, becoming the first player to play in the event.

Subsequently, Romesh Weerawardena performed well in the Asian Zone 2013 to take the 1st International Master title. Nelunika Methmani also obtained the Women International Master this year. Then Harshana Thilakaratne was the one who came to the top level when he got the IM title in the regular system with 3 IM standards and a rating of 2400. Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage was lucky enough to be the first player to play in the FIDE Chess World Cup 2021. Meanwhile, Oshini Gunawardena was able to win the world youth title, which was the highlight of the past year.

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