Dinukshi Premanath - new Fidemaster at World Chess Olympiad
A warm welcome for chess players Dinukshi Premanath (third from
left) and Iridu Basnayake, Nirmala Eriyagama (on left - the
teacher-in-charge) and Principal Malkanthi Abeygunasekera who
warmly welcomed the girls at the school premises.
Picture by Upananda Jayasundera - Kandy Sports Special Corr.
Chess: Dinukshi Premanath - a 15 year-old student of Girls High
School, Kandy became the new woman Fidemaster (WFM) at the recently held
39th World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Manasiyst, Soviet Union.
Dinukshi participated in the Chess Olympiad along with Sachin
Ranasinghe of Musaeus College, Colombo, Mayumi Muhandiram of Maliyadeva
College, Kurunegala, Pramodya Ekanayake of Moratuwa Campus and Iridu
Basnayake also of Girls High School, Kandy. Dinukshi, however, was the
only successful Fidemaster at the Games. Dinukshi is the present
National Chess Champion and has represented the country at the following
2007: Participated in the Asian Youth Chess Championship at Al-ain,
2008: Third Asian School Chess Festival - under 13 girls, 1st
runner-up Individual and team became champions.
2009: Asian Youth Chess Championship, New Delhi, India: Team secured
third place. Participated in World Youth Chess Championship, Turkey.
Also participated in Asian Team Chess Championship in Chennai, India.
2009: Mora Kings International Chess Championship - Best player among
women. Colombo International Chess Championship - Best player among
Iridu Udanthi Basnayake - the fellow student of Dinukshi who
participated with her, has the following achievements:
2004: Under 10 - World Youth Chess Championship held in Herakhoin,
2006: Under 11 - Asian Schools Chess Festival held in Singapore. Team
came second and received Silver Medal.
2007: Asian Youth Chess Championship held in Al-Onvi, UAE.
2009: Asian Youth Chess Championship held in New Delhi, India. Team
came third and won Bronze Medal.