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Monday, June 25, 2012

Asian Youth Chess Championship Begins in Sri Lanka

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Hi everyone,

Latest chess news from Asia is that the Youth Chess Championship has begun in Sri Lanka. Young chess players from 19 countries are taking part in the Asian Youth Chess Championship being held in the beach resort of Hikkaduwa.

The chess tournament has entries from 308 boys and girls for categories of under-8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 for Open and girls. A kindergarten championship is being held for the under-6.

In photo above, Bandula Gunawardane, Minister of Education, makes the ceremonial move with Harshana Thilakaratne who tied for first place in the World Youth Championship 2011 in Brazil.

Looking on are Sri Lanka Chess Federation president Upali Gunasekera and Secretary Luxman Wijesuriya, Zone President and Organizing Committee chairman and Asian Chess Federation Deputy President Casto Abundo.

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