Ehsha Michela Pallie of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo has won the first place in the under 9 age group in Blitz (fast chess) at the 2016 World Schools Chess Championship concluded in Sochi, Russia.
Ehsha who is the Asian Schools champion in the under 9 age group won three medals including a gold at the Asian Schools Chess Championship held in Iran in April this year as well.
Besides Ehsha four other Sri Lankan players have performed well in the Blitz category at the World Schools Chess Championship held in Russia. Dewja Sasmini Weerakoon of Lyceum College, Panadura has come second in the under 13 Blitz category while Niklesha Tharushi of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, Nethmi Gamage of Asian Grammar School, Colombo and Dineth Naotunna of D.S. Senanayake College Colombo won third places in the under 13, 15 and 17 age groups respectively.