Inter University Chess Championships 2018: J’Pura and Colombo reign Supreme!

It was an absolute Thriller! They had to face many challenges and the odds were quite against them but through shear determination and passion they won it all! On the final day of Inter University Chess Championship 2018, University of Sri Jayawardenapura emerged as the champions of men’s division while University of Colombo became the ultimate dominators of the women’s division.

The overall results of the first two days led the tournament to an unpredictive, explosive situation. No one had the ability to predict a clear winner. In both men’s division and women’s division, there was a huge competition for the first three places. In short, all the conditions conveyed that this final round would be a total blast and that’s exactly what the fans were expecting.

According to the situation, top contenders for the first place in Men’s division were University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Colombo and University of Peradeniya and at the moment University of Sri Jayewardenepura was at the top of the leaderboard. According to the schedule, in 5th round, J’Pura was supposed to go against Colombo. Both of these teams had shown super performance in previous rounds so, there was a high probability that match wins of both teams to be nearly equal, no matter who the winner will be. Since the situation was like that, the conditions would surly favor Pera boys if they can achieve a big win against Kelaniya.

The same kind of excitement was building up in the women’s division too. After round 4, team Pera was currently holding the first place and seemed to be in a good condition. Team Colombo was also aiming to be number 1 and J’Pura was also a top contender for a top spot.

Thus, all the conditions predicted that game is going to be very intensive on the final round of the final day and stakes were high. Every participating team arrived at the competition area in Jaffna University early in the morning on 29th July with beating hearts. Everywhere we looked we could see eyes trembling with determination and doubt and that told the whole story. Players were impatient and so were the fans, so there was no point in delaying. With the call of the officials, the most awaited final round of inter university Chess championships 2018 started at 8.30 A.M.

The great war of chess began for the 3rd consecutive day. The playing area went dead silent. Players were commanding their pieces while spectators were peeping to the boards with great awe and filled with expectations. All the games looked very competitive at the start and it gave fans chills on their spines.

In this crucial final round, in men’s division, University of Peradeniya battled against University of Kelaniya. If they needed to keep their championship dream alive, Pera needed a big win in this round and that’s exactly what they did. Pera boys played their games passionately using brilliant strategies and Kelaniya couldn’t quite handle the wrath unleashed upon them. As a result Pera clinched the win of all six games which made them a potential threat for both J,pura and Colombo.

At the other end probably the most crucial match of the men’s division in the final round was going on. J’Pura and Colombo, two major figures in men’s division so far in the tournament were battling for supremacy. Both of them were very strong teams so many believed in a warm battle. But what can we say? Chess is in deed an unpredictable game. No matter how talented and fierce their opponents were, J’Pura was able to decimate Colombo and capture the win of every 6 matches thus, securing their position as this year’s champions in men’s division.

While J’Pura boys were securing their right to be champions, the team Mora was engaging in a struggle for redemption. First two days were not much good for them and as a result team Mors was currently in the 6th spot but they could soon have a chance to change their fate if they could achieve at least a 3.5(3 wins and 1 draw) in their final round against University of Jaffna. Team Mora tried their very best to outwit Team Jaffna but could only get 1 win and a draw after end of 4 matches. So, in order for redemption Mora needed to win both two last matches which was a quite challenging task.

This huge burden fell upon the two members in Mora team who were still playing their games, the captain Lahiru Munasinha and Kasun Bandara. They were under a huge pressure but was more than happy enough to give their best to make mother Mora glorious. As a result, after few minutes, Kasun Bandara was able to win his match and keep the hopes of his team mates and Mora chess fans.

Now the whole team was relying on their captain who was playing the last crucial match. Throughout the tournament, captain Lahiru had been so exceptional so every Mora chess fan was peeking to the board expecting his win. The match was very hard but finally Lahiru Munasinha got it done! He achieved a much-sought victory and was able to elevate his team up in the ranks and become second runners up.

After all the men’s division matches ended the points table looked like this.

Overall Result of the men’s division

Rank Team Games Wins Draws Losses TB1 TB2 TB3
1 University of Sri Jayewardenepura 5 4 1 0 9 25,0 439,5
2 University of Peradeniya 5 4 1 0 9 23,5 368,5
3 University of Moratuwa 5 3 0 2 6 19,5 268,0
4 University of Ruhuna 5 3 0 2 6 16,5 194,8
5 University of Colombo 5 3 0 2 6 16,0 279,5
6 Sabaragamuwa University 5 3 0 2 6 16,0 147,8
7 University of Jaffna 5 2 1 2 5 16,0 251,3
8 Uva Wellassa University 5 2 1 2 5 16,0 145,0
9 University of Kelaniya 5 2 1 2 5 14,0 155,0
10 Rajarata University 5 2 0 3 4 14,0 102,0
11 South Eastern University 5 2 0 3 4 13,5 112,3
12 Wayamba University 5 1 1 3 3 11,5 176,8
13 Eastern University 5 1 0 4 2 7,5 28,3
14 University of Visual and Performing Arts 5 0 0 5 0 1,0 14,0


In women’s division Pera girls entered their match against J’Pura full of confidence since they needed only a few match wins to legally become champions but soon found out what the mighty J’pura team is capable of. J’Pura girls won 5 matches against Pera and the other match ended up being a draw which covered   dreams of Pera girls with a cloud of doubt. The same dreams they were so close to achieve before this great loss. Taking advantage of this situation, Colombo punished Kelaniya with utmost ferocity and was able to win all the matches and climb to the top of the leaderboard in women’s division.



Overall result of women’s division

Rank Team Games Wins Draws Losses TB1 TB2 TB3
1 University of Colombo 5 4 0 1 8 20,5 321,8
2 University of Peradeniya 5 4 0 1 8 17,5 285,5
3 University of Sri Jayawardanepura 5 3 1 1 7 22,0 318,3
4 Sabaragamuwa University 5 3 1 1 7 17,5 226,3
5 University of Moratuwa 5 3 0 2 6 19,5 289,8
6 University of Kelaniya 5 2 1 2 5 15,5 231,8
7 University of Ruhuna 5 2 1 2 5 14,0 208,3
8 Rajarata University 5 2 1 2 5 12,5 107,0
9 Wayamba University 5 2 0 3 4 10,5 145,5
10 University of Jaffna 5 1 1 3 3 12,0 116,0
11 Eastern University 5 1 1 3 3 11,5 110,0
12 Uva Wellassa University 5 0 2 3 2 11,5 96,8
13 University of Visual and Performing Arts 5 0 2 3 2 10,5 100,8


Thus by 1.00 P.M all the winners had been decided. Finally, a modest awards ceremony was held to honor and reward the victors. Mr. V. Kandeepan, The Registrar of University of Jaffna brought grace to the ceremony as the chief guest. After second runners-up and runner ups were given trophies, the moment of the champions came as the chief guest crowned University of Sri Jayewardenepura as the champions of the men’s division and University of Colombo as the champions of the women’s division. This marked the official ending of Inter University Chess Championship 2018.

If we look back at all the action happened in the tournament we can clearly conclude that this year’s Chess Championship was a major success. As MoraSpirit, we would like to congratulate all the victors and wish them a bright future. Also, we would like to thank to University of Jaffna for their great organization of the event.

Throughout the whole time, Team MoraSpirit was on the scene successfully covering the whole event and it would have been impossible without some people. So last but not least we would like to thank our brother, Ananthamoorthy Harijeyan and his family for providing us accommodation and their maximum support to make our effort a major success.

We invite you to Stay tuned with MoraSpirit to get the latest news from IUG 2018.


Article By: Adheesha Gamage

Edited By: Janani Kulasekara

Sponsored By: Millennium IT


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