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Clash of the Brains
Written by Editor    Monday, 13 August 2012 16:25    PDF Print Email
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Inter University Chess Championship 2012which was held at the University of Sri Jayawardenapura (USJP) for three days came to an end on the 12th of August crowning the kings and queens of the ‘Game of the Kings’.

University of Moratuwa (UOM) men’s Chess team with their exquisite combat techniques and unmatched skills, dominated the entire tournament being unbeaten throughout, winning the first round beating University of Wayamba (WAY) 6-0, the second round defeating USJP 4.5-1.5,winning the third round over University of Colombo (UOC) 4.5-1.5, the fourth round over University of Peradeniya (UOP) 4.5-1.5 ,the final round over University of Ruhuna (RUH) 5-1 and ultimately emerged victorious as The Inter University Men’s Chess Champions 2012 with  full 10 points at hand. Chinthaka Mendis, Akila Fernando, Chaithika Samith, Vidura Koggala, Nishendra Herat, Oshan Sarangaand Damith Karunarathne together formed the winning team under the guidance of their leader Buddhi Alahakoon

UOP, who had been the champions for the last five consecutive years, had to be contented with the second place with 8 points. USJP which also put on a fine show gained 6 points and thus was placed third.

UOMwomen’s team was leading the points table until the tournament took a different turn in the fifth round where UOC defeated UOM 5-1. UOC winning four rounds out of five outstandingly – round two over University of Jaffna (JAF) 6-0, third round over USJP 3.5-2.5, fourth round over UOP 3.5-2.5 and the final round over UOM 5-1, was crowned ‘Inter University Women’s Chess Champions 2012’. The victorious team was lead by Umesha B G D. The other members were Gunatilake S A, Nirosha T G K, Saram T R, David I A, Priyani W H T, Wijethunge W M A N K andDharmaratne A D V T T. The first runners up were USJP and the third place was won by UOM.

Tragically, Buddhi Alahakoon, the captain of the men’s champions could not participate in the tournament. The tournament  which was initially to be held on the 8th, 9th and the 10th of June, was postponed to the 10th, 11th and 12th of August due to a universities’ non-academic staff strike, by which time Buddhi’s undergraduate life had technically come to an end making him a disqualified candidate. Despite his personal tragedy, he never left his team but was always with them encouraging and supporting to his full potential. Thus it was with utmost pleasure and pride that he voiced his thoughts “ It is one of the greatest feelings in my 4 years’ university sports career- winning the title after five years and making the farewell to our sport in a grand style. There is a little disappointment in our hearts as the women’s team, although they were heading towards victory, could not pull over the line and ended up as the second runners up. We as Mora Chess players believe that we could be both men’s and women’s champions. I believe that this will lift Mora Chess to their winning spirit & we will surely win both men’s and women’s titles in next year’s SLUSA”. He expressed his special gratitude to Akila Fernando, Vidura Koggala, Damith Karunarathne and all his team mates, Sayuri Sumiththriarachchi a member and Himeshi de Silva the leader of UOM women’s chess team, their instructor Mr. Luxman Wijesuriya and also all his brothers and sisters of Mora Chess family who had given continuous support throughout the season. His concluding statement was that for UOM Chess ,winning meant becoming Champions and they were  never ready to settle for anything less!

The proud captain of women’s champions Umesha B G D  shared her ideas with us. “Foremost I congratulate my team mates for their tremendous performance at The Interuniversity Chess Championship 2012, and for becoming champions for the third consecutive year. I am proud to have such a courageous and dedicated team who didn’t lose their commitment till the last moment. After several tough rounds we were able to beat JAF, USJP, UOP and finally UOM to emerge as champions by scoring 8 match points out of 10.  I thank our coach Mr Naditha Amarakoon for rendering an invaluable support, for guiding us towards success and for his dedication. I also thank our instructress Mrs. Srimalka Gunasekara and the staff of the Physical Education Department and The Amalgamated Club for their support. Many thanks to all past players and the men’s team for the support throughout.

Moraspirit congratulates UOM and UOC the reigning champions and all the outstanding Chess players who made the tournament colourful and exciting!

By Hasini Abeywickrama



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Inter-Uni Chess-The Attack to the Top
Written by Editor    Saturday, 11 August 2012 18:36    PDF Print Email
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The Inter-university chess championship is currently afoot at the University of Sri Jayawardenapura (USJP) and at the close of Day two, University of Moratuwa (UOM) leads University of Peradeniya  (UOP) in the Men’s category with 15 against 12 points while the ladies of Kelaniya University (KEL)  take home the colours for the night. The Women’s category standings show KEL being abreast of UOM by 1 ½ points with their totals at 13 and 11 ½ points respectively.

The concluded sessions saw absorbing chess at play from both the categories where the berth at the top spot was keenly contested. The Men’s first round saw UOM tackle University of Wayamba and recording a clean sweep of the points at 6-0. UOP locked horns with University of Sabaragamuwa (SAB) and came on top with a resounding 5 points against SAB’s 1. Aiming for glory, the five time consecutive runner-up UOM stamped their dominance by winning their second and third round games against USJP and University of Colombo (UOC) by 4 ½ points to 1 ½. UOP too carried on their winning streak by securing wins over UOC and University of Ruhuna (RUH) with a scorecards of 3 ½ points to 2 ½ points against each in their following rounds.

The Women’s games proved equally engrossing as KEL adapted the simple but effective strategy of winning all their games in their quest to gain the championship. Facing off UOC in their first round, KEL recorded a win of 4 ½ points to 1 ½ points while UOM beat SAB  4 ½ points to 1 ½ points. The second round matches saw KEL (4 ½ pts) win against Rajarata University (1 ½ pts) and a points draw between UOM (3 pts) and USJP (3 pts). KEL (4 pts) defeated UOP (2 pts) in the final round and UOM came on top of RUH with a similar score of 4 points to 2 points at the end of play.   

Promising more exciting encounters, the penultimate round kicks off tomorrow with the clash of the titans with UOM matching wits against UOP in the Men’s category and the eagerly anticipated battle royale between the two top rung teams in the Women’s category, KEL vs UOM.  Stay tuned with Mora Spirit to catch the excitement as tactics unfold and to see who checkmates their way to chess supremacy!


By Hansinee Maddewithana



Inter University 2012 CHESS part 1-

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Mora Kings International Rating Chess Championship is an important event in Sri Lankan chess calendar which creates a battle field for the foreign players, more experienced Sri Lankan players and also for the budding chess souls.

The tournament is organized for the fifth consecutive year by the University of Moratuwa on behalf of the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka. The championship will be held from 4t h of August until 9th giving the chess players an opportunity to exhibit their talents over the 64 squares for five days at stretch.

The inaugural championship was won by IM Dinesh Sharma from India. Having won the title last year, the defending champion Mr.Romesh Weerawardane will be among the key contestants for the top ranks this year as well.

The championship is expected to be of highly competitive nature due to the foreign participation and also with the presence of the national team players who are heading towards the 40th Chess Olympiad which will be held in Turkey in few more weeks. The tournament will attract many university players since this will give a good preparation for the upcoming inter university games starting from 10th of August.

Chess fraternity is eagerly waiting to witness a colourful display over the 64 squares and an hopes that the event will bring together the past and the present of this noble game.

By Pramodya Senanayaka

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High Performances from University Players at Chess Nationals
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Damith Crowns as the Master of Lightning
Written by Editor    Tuesday, 01 November 2011 15:59    PDF Print Email
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The 3rd National Blitz Chess Championship which was organized by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka was held on the 26th of October at Royal College premises.

The championship of the open men’s category was won by Damith Karunarathne of University of Moratuwa (UOM) recording an unbeaten 7 points. Dulan Edirisinghe, the winner of the Paul Morphy Blitz Chess Challenge, 2011, and G. C. Anuruddha, the national runner-up for 2011 were among the victims of Damith’s expeditious approach.

Blitz chess is all about tactics,” shared Damith as he talked about his success with MoraSpirit.

Chathura Rajapakshe of University of Peradeniya (UOP) won the second place scoring 6 wins losing only to I. L. K. Tennakoon.





Chaithika Samith of UOM and Rajendra Kalugampitiya of UOP were placed sixth and eighth respectively with each scoring a total of 5 points. Vidura Koggala of UOM managed a score of 4.5 but could not make it to the top ten places.

M. P. Maheshika of University of Sri Jayawardenapura secured the second place in the open women’s category.

The tournament saw the participation of around 300 players and consisted of 7 rounds under the Swiss system.

The championship of the open women’s category was won by IM Sachini Ranasinghe, this year’s women’s national champion. The second runners up of men’s and women’s open categories were, T. S. Peiris and Samanthi Wettasinghe, respectively.

By Sayuri Sumithrarachchi

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