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.