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GM Mihail Nikitenko wins CFSL Golden Jubilee Open Chess Championship 2022

Sri Lanka’s Chess Federation Golden Jubilee Open Chess Championship 2022 took place from 23-27 November at Sports Ministry Pavilion, Colombo. The event attracted 37 entries among whom 13 titled players. The tournament was played in 9 rounds, swiss system, with time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment. The total prize fund of the event was Rs 3.650.000 (~10.000$).

GM Mihail Nikitenko from Belarus convincingly won the event scoring 8.5/9 points! Indian grandmaster Thejkumar MS trailed by 2 points and came second with 6.5 points. Four players tied for the third place scoring 6 points, each, but GM Alexei Barsov had best tiebreak criteria to clinch bronze. Sri Lankan National Champion IM Susal De Silva who was the top seed finished the event in 7th place with 5.5 points. Scroll down for the final rankings

GM Mihail Nikitenko convincingly won the event; Photo by Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

The best-ranked female player of the event was 15-year-old Sanudula K M Dahamdi from Sri Lanka who scored 5.5 points to be 9th on the overall rankings. Besides the prize for the first Woman, Sandula K M Dahamdi gained 129,2 ELO points!

Sandula K M Dahamdi wins 1st Woman prize – Photo by Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

The Chess Federation of Sri Lanka organized the Golden Jubilee Open Chess Championship 2022 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the federation. The Chess Federation of Sri Lanka was formed in 1972 after Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky in the World Chess Championship match and announced the new chess era. Sri Lanka’s local chess enthusiasts got together and formed the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka on 3rd September 1972 under the presidency of Mr. VP Vittachchi.

Final rankings – CFSL Golden Jubilee Open Chess Championship 2022:

Rk. NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1TB2TB3
1GMNikitenko Mihail  BLR24848.520234751
2GMThejkumar M S  IND23936.520234752
3GMBarsov Alexei  UZB2327620344852
4FMLiyanage Ranindu Dilshan  SRI2331620064650
5 Sivathanujan S  SRI1731619534447
6 Liyanapathirana Pasan Vindula  SRI1896619304448
7IMDe Silva L M S T  SRI25215.520104852
8CMAmarasinghe A A C B  SRI18505.519184345
9WCMSanudula K M Dahamdi wSRI15675.519094245
10GMFominyh Alexander  RUS22855.519034448
11CMDahanayake Isara Banidu  SRI17955.518444143
12 Liyanage Pesandu Rashmitha  SRI18125.518423942
13 Tennakoon Lisara Samadhith  SRI17165.516273235
14FMAlahakoon Isuru  SRI1984518494246
15FMAmer Karim  PAK2171517263942
16WCMPallie Ehsha Mishela wSRI1559516403437
17 Nabil Nazar Mohamed  SRI19614.519294549
18 Randil Lakshitha  SRI19294.518274041
19WCMJayaweera Sayuni Gihansa wSRI16224.518054040
20 Gunawardhana Devindya Oshini wSRI15284.517263738
21 Umer S.M  IND16734.517243841
22 Weerasekara Dishal Nimsara  SRI1776417413639
23 Wiratunga Jenith  SRI1849417143639
24 Aarav Sarbalia  IND1480417133739
25 Gunathilake M D Vinuda Shenal  SRI1769416983640
26 Ganepola Thushanu Yasmith  SRI1124416933640
27 Weerathungalage W D Malisha Sasvidu  SRI1586416693740
28 Jayaweera Hashan  SRI1404416253335
29 Wadduwage Thamindu Upeksha  SRI1057416153336
30 Rathnayaka Minaga Yethmin  SRI1264416023437
31 Sandanayake Dehansa Nisanduni wSRI13323.516113437
32 Premarathne W M Lavindu Sohas  SRI11523.514202829
33 Kottage K M Nilash Nethul  SRI1217315113030
34 Francis U M Senal Vishmin  SRI1212314873334
35AFMMithun Pranav  IND12342.515082930
36 Wijeratne W D R T  SRI11892.514673233
37 De Silva Sanuth Adithya  SRI0114232931

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