24th February 2004 is a memorable day in the history of the 1st Engineer Services Regiment, Army Cantonment, Panagoda, when the game of chess was introduce for the first time by the Anatoly Karpov Chess Club of Russian Centre in Colombo.

The one day programme was organised by Major Pani Kavikeshawa – the Commanding Officer of the 1st Engineer Services Regiment, under the direction of Colonel Mahinda Ambanpola USP – the Centre Commandant of the Corps of Engineer Services and the event was coordinated by Major Sugath Kithulgoda.

The Chess training workshop was efficiently and effectively conducted by one and only chess Olympiad Gold medallist in Sri Lanka Mrs. Suneetha Wijesuriya and the Coordinating officer Mr. Bandula Withanage.It was the 105th chess Workshop Island wide held by Anatoly Karpov Chess Club, and 5th for the Army on request.

Mrs. Suneetha demonstrated how the game of chess is played in such a simple manner the participants practically all of whom were novices were quick enough to grasp finer points of the game. Nearly 150 personnel comprising of Officers, Other Ranks and Civilian tradesman & women who are engaged in the civil and electrical engineering profession participated in this exercise. In the morning session both instructors initially introduced the basic principles and know how the game of chess and within the latter part of the day participants were able to grasp those techniques to a great advantage.

Though the programme and training was limited to one day session, it was highly appreciated and commendable because it is useful to beginners. Many booklets and handouts were distributed by Mrs. Suneetha and those will be made use of to promote the game of chess within the Corps of Engineer Services

Colombo Distric page / Photos / Top @ 24.02.2004