Asian Zonal Hybrid Chess Ranindu wins to reach third place – nation.lk – The Nation Newspaper

Grandmaster Chess

By Ishani Upatharitha

RESULTS

Results of SL players in 8th round:

Ranindu D. Liyanage (2203) beat Hasan Parag Mehdi (Bangladesh 2187)

Susal De Silva (2085) drew with Tahsin Tajwar Zia (Bangladesh 2178)

A.A.C.B. Amarasinghe (1873) received a walk-over from Kushatha Niken (Nepal 1984)

Rankings of SL players after 8th round:

Key: Rank / Name / Rating / Points

3. Ranindu D. Liyanage (2203) 5.5

5. Susal De Silva (2085) 5.0

11. A.A.C.B. Amarasinghe (1873) 5.0

Sri Lanka national chess champion Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage of Ananda College, Colombo had a good day, winning his game with Mehdi Hasan Parag of Bangladesh, in the penultimate round, to receive 5 points out of eight games at the Asian Zonal Hybrid Chess Championship yesterday (9).

Bangladesh Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman is in top form leading with 7 points out of eight games

Ranindu started with the Caro-Kann Defence, an advanced variation and he got a good play in the queens side while his opponent was trying to go for Ranindus short castle king. Parag resigned in the 37th move.

Starting the game after having a short birthday celebration online by Arbiters, FIDE Master (FM) Susal De Silva of Nalanda College, Colombo lost a Bishop for two pawns and managed to get a draw after a hard-fought game.

Susal has five points and tied with A.A.C.B. Amarasinghe who received a walk over from Nepali player Kushatha Niken. Now Susal stays in fifth place and Buddhika is in the 11th position in the event.

Bangladesh Grandmaster (GM) Ziaur Rahman (2434) is in top form leading with 7 points out of eight games, just having a draw with the other GM in the event, Enamu Hussain.

Enamul is in second place with seven points while only Ranindu and Manon Reja of Bangladesh are in the third place with 5 points.

The Asian Zonal Chess Championship 2021 is a preliminary event for the South Asia for the FIDE World Chess Cup 2021. The Championship started on 1 June on the Tornelo platform.

A total of 39 players are participating in the event: 20 players from Bangladesh, 10 from Pakistan, and three players each from Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Unfortunately some leading chess players of Sri Lanka, including no. 1 ranked Harshana Thilakaratne, could not participate in the event due to the current pandemic situation prevailing in the country.

The Bangladesh Chess Federation is conducting the event from Dhaka and the Sri Lankan players are playing from the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka headquarters, situated at Gangodawila, Nugegoda.

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