Gateway’s Kulisa is Asia’s Chess Champion

Kulisa Saranath Nanayakkara of Gateway College, Negombo won the Under 15 Boys Chess Championship at the 13 th Asian Schools Chess Championship, held in China in July 2017. Kulisa has been representing Sri Lanka at the Asian Schools Chess Championships since 2012. This is his most prestigious achievement to-date elevating him from Fide to FM (Fide Master).

Arena Grand Master J A Kulisa Nanayakkara faced stiff opposition from the top ranked player, Lin Yi of China as well as the second-ranked player, Tarigan Gilbert Elroy of Indonesia and Tan Jung Ying of Malaysia.

Kulisa scored 7.5 points out of 9; 6 wins and 3 draws losing none, to skillfully reach the top. By winning the Gold Medal and the Golden Trophy, Kulisa has brought honour to his country, his alma mater, his parents and the coaches.

Kulisa greeted at the airport by Mrs. Devika Alldis, the Principal of Gateway Negombo, his Brother Gajitha and the Prefects.

Gateway beat Joes to win All Island ‘A Division’ Basketball Championship

Gateway College won the Under 17 All Island ‘A Division’ Basketball Championship by beating St. Joseph’s College, Colombo at the cup final that was played at the Gateway College court in Rajagiriya. The Gateway team that remained unbeaten throughout the tournament displayed tremendous courage and commitment both at the semi final where they beat Lyceum Nugegoda 64-61 and the final where the margin was 75-74. The nail biting final saw the scores tied at full time at 67-67 but Gateway lads held their nerves together to win 75-74 during the extended five minutes.

Gateway’s Mirtesh Thurairajah was named the Most Valuable Player and Nikhil Jayasinghe the Best Defensive Player of the tournament. Shehan Fernando of St. Joseph’s was named the Best Offensive Player.

Captain Chavaan De Costa played a pivotal role in the tournament by providing good leadership to his teammates that included Nikhil Jayasinghe - Vice Captain, Iqram Iqbal, Mirthesh Thurairajah, Thiasha Rathnayake, Tharin Ranawake, Humam Rezk, Akalanka Gunaratne, Yacoob Mohammed, J'shan Ahamadeen, Nethum Ranawake and Akindu Galappaththi.

During the early rounds, Gateway beat S. Thomas College, Mt. Lavinia 57-37 and Lyceum Int. School Wattala 96-51. Gateway beat St. Peters College Bambalapitiya 61-41 at the Quarters.

The Champion team with Dr. Harsha Alles, Chairman Gateway, Tharindu Fernando, Senior Coach, Mrs. Vinita Shenoy, Deputy Principal, Major General Upali Bandarathilake, Head of Sports, Fawzan Thariq, Sports Coordinator for Basketball and Kavin De Silva, the Coaching Assistant.

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