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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2342

Sivathanujan – A budding Chess Maestro from the Northern Horizon

By K.T.Rajasingham

Sivanathan Sivathanujan of Chunnakam is just 17 years old, a young and budding chess maestro from the Jaffna Kokkuvil Hindu College and is now in the efficient and capable hands of the Retired Army Commander, General Daya Ratnayake, who is to shape this young man, to be the in the near future - beholden a leading Chess Grand Master in the Country.

Recently, the 20th Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, General Daya Ratnayake invited Sivathanujan to his residence in Colombo and presented him with a chess board, as well as a clock – an online stop watch used in the game of chess and assured to offer all needed support for the improvement of his game of chess .

General Daya – popularly called, had been the President of the Sri Lankan Athletic Association, Head of the Army Athletic Association for well over 15 years, headed the Defence Services sports, Chairman, National Selection Committee for more than 26 Olympic sports events, Council Member of the National Rugby Union and Chairman of the Rugby Development and he was in Jaffna few months ago to promote the game of Rugby in the schools in Jaffna.

The soft spoken General, always amiable with pleasant looks and smiles and a gentleman to the core, is involved in almost all the sports in the Country and he used to identify young talents in sports and encourage them.

Similarly, when the budding chess maestro was introduced, General was able to see the inherent talent in the young man and he began to encourage him to concentrate in more practice and said he will look for some good coach to train him in the game.

As Sivathanujan is from the lower-middle class, low income family, the General assured to arrange for scholarship for him to continue with his final year studies of the GCE Advance Level – maths stream.

Even though Sivathanujan a student and studying in the Kokkuvil Hindu College, he has so far earned 1617 point in the games he has so far played in chess. An achievement and it should be noted that no one in the Northern Province has achieved this much of points.

Chess Federation of Sri Lanka (CFSL ) is the central administrative body for the game of chess in Sri Lanka.

Founded in 1978, the federation is affiliated to Fédération Internationale des Échecs, (FIDE), the world body for chess.

Internationally, Sri Lanka is in the 110 position, where as Russia is in the topmost position, followed by China, USA, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and in the sixth place is India.

Though, Chess is played in schools and elsewhere in Sri Lanka, bright, talented students should come forward like Sivathanujan to take the game, as well as the country’s ranking to the next step.

This young man needed lot of support and encouragement from chess loving people in the country.

Recently, when he planned to participate in a chess tournament to be held in Holland, unfortunately the Royal Holland Embassy in Colombo refused Visa to its country – An unfortunate event,

Given below few of Sivathanujan’s Important achievements:

1. Won 11th Mumbai mayor International chess champion category C, 2nd Place in mount litra school June 2018.

2. Won in Nepal Kathmandu International chess champion 1400-1700 category - 2nd place.

3 .National mayor chess champion 1st place 2018.

4.Govenor chess trophy in 2017 - 1st place in Jaffna.

5. Youth chess champion ship 2017 - 6th place.

6. Participated west Asia chess championship tourney.

7.Won board price in-school team chess championship.

8. Merit prize in Sri Lanka Chess Federation.

9. 1st prize in Northern Province’s Education Department’s Chess Tournament.

- Asian Tribune -

General Daya Ratnayake presenting a Sivathanujan with  a clock – an online stop watch, at   his residence in Colombo.
Sivathanujan – A budding Chess Maestro from the Northern Horizon
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