Russian Ambassador's Challenge Trophy Chess Championship was held in Colombo
On February 25, 2011 in the premises of the Russian Cultural Centre in Colombo the award ceremony for the winners of
the 1st islandwide Russian Ambassador's Challenge Trophy Chess Championship (February 11-13) took place.
In the chess tournament that was organized by the Russian Embassy along with the Russian Cultural Centre and its'
Anatoly Karpov Chess Club, 35 teams with more than 500 chess-players from different provinces of the country took part.
The Sri Lanka Navy team emerged champions. Vice-Admiral of the Sri Lanka Navy R.S.Wijeigunarathne, members of the
administration of the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka, representatives of various chess clubs came to welcome their chess
teams. Speaking at the ceremony H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Sri Lanka Mr. Vladimir P. Mikhaylov noted
achievements of the Anatoly Karpov Chess Club of the Russian Cultural Centre and in particular its President
Mrs.S.Wijesuriya, world championess and ten-fold championess of Sri Lanka as well as pointed out the importance of the
development of the bilateral ties between Russia and Sri Lanka in the sphere of sports.