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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.   Name sex FED Rtg Pts.  TB1 TB2 TB3
1 GM Nikitenko Mihail    BLR 2484 8.5 2023 47 51
2 GM Thejkumar M S    IND 2393 6.5 2023 47 52
3 GM Barsov Alexei    UZB 2327 6 2034 48 52
4 FM Liyanage Ranindu Dilshan    SRI 2331 6 2006 46 50
5   Sivathanujan S    SRI 1731 6 1953 44 47
6   Liyanapathirana Pasan Vindula    SRI 1896 6 1930 44 48
7 IM De Silva L M S T    SRI 2521 5.5 2010 48 52
8 CM Amarasinghe A A C B    SRI 1850 5.5 1918 43 45
9 WCM Sanudula K M Dahamdi  w SRI 1567 5.5 1909 42 45
10 GM Fominyh Alexander    RUS 2285 5.5 1903 44 48
11 CM Dahanayake Isara Banidu    SRI 1795 5.5 1844 41 43
12   Liyanage Pesandu Rashmitha    SRI 1812 5.5 1842 39 42
13   Tennakoon Lisara Samadhith    SRI 1716 5.5 1627 32 35
14 FM Alahakoon Isuru    SRI 1984 5 1849 42 46
15 FM Amer Karim    PAK 2171 5 1726 39 42
16 WCM Pallie Ehsha Mishela  w SRI 1559 5 1640 34 37
17   Nabil Nazar Mohamed    SRI 1961 4.5 1929 45 49
18   Randil Lakshitha    SRI 1929 4.5 1827 40 41
19 WCM Jayaweera Sayuni Gihansa  w SRI 1622 4.5 1805 40 40
20   Gunawardhana Devindya Oshini  w SRI 1528 4.5 1726 37 38
21   Umer S.M    IND 1673 4.5 1724 38 41
22   Weerasekara Dishal Nimsara    SRI 1776 4 1741 36 39
23   Wiratunga Jenith    SRI 1849 4 1714 36 39
24   Aarav Sarbalia    IND 1480 4 1713 37 39
25   Gunathilake M D Vinuda Shenal    SRI 1769 4 1698 36 40
26   Ganepola Thushanu Yasmith    SRI 1124 4 1693 36 40
27   Weerathungalage W D Malisha Sasvidu    SRI 1586 4 1669 37 40
28   Jayaweera Hashan    SRI 1404 4 1625 33 35
29   Wadduwage Thamindu Upeksha    SRI 1057 4 1615 33 36
30   Rathnayaka Minaga Yethmin    SRI 1264 4 1602 34 37
31   Sandanayake Dehansa Nisanduni  w SRI 1332 3.5 1611 34 37
32   Premarathne W M Lavindu Sohas    SRI 1152 3.5 1420 28 29
33   Kottage K M Nilash Nethul    SRI 1217 3 1511 30 30
34   Francis U M Senal Vishmin    SRI 1212 3 1487 33 34
35 AFM Mithun Pranav    IND 1234 2.5 1508 29 30
36   Wijeratne W D R T    SRI 1189 2.5 1467 32 33
37   De Silva Sanuth Adithya    SRI 0 1 1423 29 31