Suneetha receives Outstanding Game Changer Award
Suneetha Wijesuriya well known Chess promoter, Gold medalist at the 30th FIDE World Chess Olympiad In 1992 was awarded the Outstanding Game Changer of Chess in Asia last week.
The International Chess Federation has named 2022 as the year of Women Chess and this awards ceremony was held to recognize the strength of Women Chess players and related activists.
The awards was made in 13 categories as Best Players, Best Performing Countries, Educators, Trainers, Arbiters, Organizers, Administrators, Politicians, Media, Photographers, Disable Performance.
Suneetha Wijesuriya the former President of the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka (CFSL) and present Chairman of the Anatoly Karpov Chess Club doing her best to promote this sport from the grassroot level. The school chess players, club players are training under Suneetha Wijesuriya while Russian Embassy and the Russian Center always closely work together with Suneetha Wijesuriya and her husband Bandula Vithanage.
In fact former Nation champion Vineetha who is based in Melbourne and present CFSL President Luxman the brother of Suneetha are also part of the chess promotion activities in Sri Lanka.
The ten time Chess National champion Suneetha has brought honour to the country with this award presented by World Chess Federation.
Since the award was presented at the last minute Suneetha could not be present physically to accept the award.
Suneetha Wijesuriya started her Chess in 1979 and she won the second place at the Inaugural Women’s National Chess Championship in the same year.
Later on she won the Sri Lanka Women’s National Chess Championship for 10 years until she stopped her active Chess journey in 1996. She won a Gold Medal at the 30th FIDE World Chess Olympiad 2022 which was held in Manila, Philippines.
She is the 1st Women FIDE master of Sri Lanka.
Suneetha was the Secretary of the Chess Federation in 1994.