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Dinesh Sharma wins Kandy Open 2016

by Sagar Shah - 31/10/2016
The Kandy Open in Sri Lanka is one of the most prestigious events in the country. The seventh edition was won by Indian International Master Dinesh Kumar Sharma. The event was completed two months ago. We report on it for two reasons: Sharma has sent us an annotated game and secondly we would like to let our friends in Sri Lanka know that the ChessBase India shop is now open for them and they can enjoy the subsdized prices.


The seventh edition of the Kandy Open 2016 was held from the 24th to the 31st of August 2016 at the National Institute of Co-operative Development [NICD] – Polgolla, KANDY (Sri Lanka). It was an extremely well received event and more than 640 players participated in it. The total prize fund was six lakh Sri Lankan rupees. The tournament was organized by current Sri Lankan National Champion Mr. Rajeendra Kalugampitiya.

Commercial credit was the main sponsor of the event
Indian IM Dinesh Kumar Sharma was the top seed of the event and dominated the tournament with 9.5 points in 10 rounds. He went back home with a winner's cheque of one Lakh Sri Lankan rupees (approximately 45,000 INR)

 IM Dinesh Kumar Sharma with the winner's trophy

Dinesh sent us his favourite game of the tournament. It was his seventh round victory against Manoj Nilanga DeSilva. As Sharma rightly points out, "Playing against 1700 rated players is not an easy task nowadays. All are
having best chess softwares and they use many internet chess sites to prepare."

Final Ranking after 10 Rounds

Rk. SNo     Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 1   IM Sharma Dinesh K. IND 2298 9,5 0,0 65,5 59,5
2 6   CM Thilakarathne G M H SRI 2028 8,5 0,0 68,0 62,0
3 8   FM Galappaththi Chinthaka Anurud SRI 2002 8,5 0,0 65,0 60,0
4 2     Gotel Michael PHI 2239 8,5 0,0 63,0 58,0
5 13     De Silva Osheen SRI 1940 8,5 0,0 61,0 55,0
6 14   CM Gunaratne Mojitha Sathsara SRI 1927 8,5 0,0 59,0 53,5
7 9     Alahakoon Isuru SRI 2000 8,0 0,0 67,5 61,0
8 17     Rathnayake M A A H SRI 1889 8,0 0,0 66,0 60,5
9 7   FM Piyumantha M Sasith Nipun SRI 2004 8,0 0,0 62,5 58,0
10 20   WFM Premanath Dinushki SRI 1878 8,0 0,0 62,5 56,5

Complete standings

Did you know Dinesh Kumar Sharma's wife Mayuri Karunanayake is from Sri Lanka. For Dinesh Sri Lanka is a home away from home, and it would have been a sweet feeling to win this tournament in his wife's homeland.

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