The junior chess players of Horizon College International had plenty of reason to say ‘check mate!’ at the Western Province Zonal competition for Chess held in October 2014. The under 11 Boys team of HCI guided by their chess coach Mrs Anusha Athulathmudali (National player) performed excellently and managed to win many games competing with several well known schools in Colombo including Royal Institute, Rahula Vidyalaya, St Josephs’ College, Ashoka Vidyalaya, Ananda Shastralaya and winning 5 games out of 6 against Wesley College- Colombo.
The HCI team comprised of Pasan Jayaratne, Yehan Ranasinghe, Keshan Dasanayake, Kellen Ranathunge, Pevin Perera, Fazle Jeffry and Hirun Kavinda.
Out of the 52 schools that tool part Horizon College International ranked 16th which is quite an achievement considering the fact that it is the first time the under 11 Horizonites took part in a national chess competition. The CEO of HCI Mr Upul Daranagama and the Principal Mrs Maryanne Hills expressed their satisfaction and pleasure at the remarkable performance of the junior chess players and were full of praise for the players.
The HCI chess players are looking forward to taking part in national competitions in the future with much confidence after their noteworthy performance