DHAMSO CHESS

Unit 1994, only a few people in Ambalangoda were familiar with the game of “Chess”. At the end of the year 1994, few students of Dharmasoka College gathered and established a chess club at Dharmasoka College. They started their practices without much theoretical chess knowledge. Within a few months, they improved their performances with the dedication, commitment and hard work of the players and the parents. Although there were no all-island team achievements until the year 2003 there were significant individual performances.

The year 2003 was a golden year for the school chess, College U15 boys team performed exceptionally well in the 2003 National School Games and won the championship. This was the major turning point of the school chess.

Since then Dharmasoka College was always regarded as one of the best teams in the country. In 2014 we were able to produce the youangest FIDE MASTER of Sri Lanka, Sasith Nipun Piyumantha. This was one of the biggest achievements in our brief journey of chess. In 2017 WCM Sayuni Gihansa Jayaweera became the Women National Chess Champion in Sri Lanka while FM Sasith Nipun Piyumantha won the 2nd Runners Up in Open National Chess Championship. Sayuni is the first National Champion from our school. In Sri Lankan chess history first time our young Sasith Nipun won the gold medal at Asian Youth Chess Championship 2018 which became a great turning point in Sri Lankan Chess.

On the journey to produce a Grand Master from the School, These achievements provide indications about the successful near future.