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Sunil Weeramantry
Number of games in database: 188
Years covered: 1970 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2026 (2126 rapid, 2121 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2250
Overall record: +62 -100 =26 (39.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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   P Green vs Weeramantry (Jan-30-17) 0-1
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   Weeramantry vs E de Haan (Jan-27-17) 0-1
   T Gara vs Weeramantry (Jan-26-17) 1-0

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(born Sep-11-1951, 71 years old) Sri Lanka

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Weeramantry vs H Hecht ½-½291970BagneuxC55 Two Knights Defense
2. Harris vs Weeramantry 0-1231972LondonB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. Hill DM vs Weeramantry  0-1281972Barnstaple OpenE92 King's Indian
4. M McCarthy vs Weeramantry  ½-½431972Barnstaple OpenB07 Pirc
5. K Commons vs Weeramantry  1-031197475th US OpenB07 Pirc
6. Weeramantry vs M Schlagenhauf  1-0191977HarrisburgB07 Pirc
7. Weeramantry vs L Day  ½-½4619775th World OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. G Sicherman vs Weeramantry  1-0671978New York State ChampionshipE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
9. P H Donoso Velasco vs Weeramantry  1-0431978Buenos Aires OlympiadB08 Pirc, Classical
10. Weeramantry vs O Sarapu  0-1401978Buenos Aires OlympiadC45 Scotch Game
11. M Lemine Bouasria vs Weeramantry 0-1271978Buenos Aires OlympiadE83 King's Indian, Samisch
12. A Delgado Malagon vs Weeramantry  0-1361978Buenos Aires OlympiadB07 Pirc
13. Weeramantry vs A Soltis  0-1291980Frank J. Marshall InternationalB06 Robatsch
14. Dlugy vs Weeramantry 1-0311981Philidor InternationalA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
15. Weeramantry vs M Sisniega  ½-½201984Nassau Chess Club InternationalC12 French, McCutcheon
16. C Blocker vs Weeramantry  ½-½411984Nassau Chess Club InternationalE97 King's Indian
17. Weeramantry vs T Taylor  0-1441984Nassau Chess Club InternationalC54 Giuoco Piano
18. Weeramantry vs D Edelman  1-0291984Nassau Chess Club InternationalB07 Pirc
19. R Frederick vs Weeramantry  1-0241984Nassau Chess Club InternationalA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
20. Weeramantry vs K Dolgitser  1-0351984Nassau Chess Club InternationalB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. M Ritter vs Weeramantry  1-0361984Nassau Chess Club InternationalB06 Robatsch
22. S Capp vs Weeramantry  1-0471985Fidelity 30/30B06 Robatsch
23. Barnett vs Weeramantry 0-1311986Estes ParkE92 King's Indian
24. Weeramantry vs W Maddex  1-035198788th US OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
25. A Fishbein vs Weeramantry  1-031198788th US OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
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  fm avari viraf: It seems to me that I have played this guy during the Sri Lanka Invitational Chess Champiopship, Colombo in 1976 where I won the 2nd Runner-up Prize & 1st Prize when the Indian Team defeated Sri Lankan Team.
Aug-07-07  Maynard5: Today, Sunil Weeramantry is known as the Executive Director of the National Scholastic chess foundation, and an FIDE Master. Hopefully, he won’t object to the following anecdote about him.

Originally from Sri Lanka, he came to the United States for the first time in August 1971, where he entered into a tournament for young players in New York. It was a marathon nine-round event over three days, with over 400 participants, at the McAlpine Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Sunil astonished the other players by winning his first six games outright, including victories over two masters. He also became known for his engaging personality, easygoing demeanor, and fine sense of sportsmanship. By the end of the second day, it seemed that he had befriended almost all the leading players.

Then, incredibly, disaster struck on the third day when he lost two games in rapid succession. Possibly, he was simply tired. Going into the final round, four players were leading with 6.5, and Sunil was tied with several experts, all of whom had accumulated 6 points out of eight. The leading players all drew each other, so that a score of 7 points would have enabled Sunil to share first prize. Instead, facing a local expert and in serious time pressure, Sunil was in a hopelessly lost position by move 41.

Then he came up with an incredible combination. He sacrificed a rook and a queen, thereby stalemating himself. There was an audible gasp from the spectators, which rapidly escalated into a roar. His opponent was so stunned that he nearly fell out of his chair. One of the spectators asked the tournament director to publish the final position in Chess Life. Later, Bill Goichberg analyzed the game along with the opponent, and described it as “Wild – they were attacking and counterattacking each other all over the place.” It was one of the most inspired drawing combinations ever played.

Sep-13-07  pazzed paun: Did anybody else read the chesslife aug 2007 article called "chess coach Sympososium"?

several coaches were asked what an older player would need to do to become a strong player.

the coaches answers were hypothetheical at best , they seem to have no experence in seeing a mature player improve upto to the expert level.

Is it really hopeless for an over 25 y.o. to expect they can get a 2300+ rating?

Sep-13-07  RookFile: It's rare. I think it's just a question of motivation.
Sep-14-07  pazzed paun: <Rookfile> Are you saying adult tournament players who do not improve their ratings are unmotivated??
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  keypusher: < <Rookfile> Are you saying adult tournament players who do not improve their ratings are unmotivated??>

No, some are stupid as well.

Mar-19-08  timhortons: these guy is the step dad of hikaru nakamura
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  Breunor: I remember running into him in tournaments in the mid to late 70's. He used to get into insane time trouble, and then bliz off moves like crazy with very little time left. I know this happens to many players, but I thought he did it to an extreme.
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  OBIT: I think getting into insane time trouble (say, two minutes to play your last twenty moves) was fashionable back then. Walter Browne was notorious for it. Jon Tisdall, who also had a bad habit of getting into time trouble, once said, "The time control could be a week for 40 moves, and I'd still get in time trouble."
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  OBIT: On the subject of whether an older player can hope to achieve a 2300+ rating:

It seems to me that, after you have played roughly 1000 games, you have gotten about as good as you are going to get. Yes, you may still be able to make small refinements to your play to add a few rating points here and there, but the days of quantum leaps are long gone.

About the only way I can see an older player suddenly appear at the 2300+ level is if he doesn't take up chess until very late. Players with that kind of aptitude for chess will almost certainly discover the game much sooner. I'd also imagine that, if they HAD started playing much sooner, they'd have been world class players - learning the game when you are young, while your brain is still getting "wired", has to make a big difference.

Aug-03-08  myschkin: . . .
<Reflections on Libya (FIDE World Championship)>

2004 Interview by Dr. Daaim Shabazz

(interesting also for the Hikaru Nakamura fans) :)

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  ToTheDeath: "Best Lessons of a Chess Coach" is very instructive and I'd recommend it to anybody.
Aug-11-08  engmaster: Whilst undoubtably better to get to 2300 by 25 I do not think its impossible for a 40 year old to go from 1800 to 2300. 1) If you read many articles you will see premaster to Gm in about 5 to 7 years. Most adults are just not going to put in the time.

2) I think de la maza proved you could get from 1600 to 2200 in about 2 years using the seven circles, so add to that exchange type openings that reduce the piece complexity & tension (Ruy Lopez exchange etc...and a good endgame. you should be able to get to 2200+

3)Advantage for the adult
-Can buy any chess software Chessbase 9 plus those repertoire books! -tactics software
-You have money for GM instruction on ICC

4) The computer has levelled the playing field now you have the whole world & computers to practice against

Just my 2 cents

Aug-11-08  dx9293: <engmaster> Good points. Also, don't forget Convekta is cheap and amazing. Everyone goes ga-ga over ChessBase products, but I'm not overly impressed with them.

To add to your points about premaster to GM...Yury Shulman recently told me that while he was in college(!) in Belarus he improved from "about expert strength to 2550 level in three years." "Three years??" [Thinks about it]. "Hmm...I think like 2 years-plus." He did this by studying 12 hours a day, but it does suggest that such things are possible. He wasn't some 14-year-old GM or something.

The big issues in chess improvement are desire, time (to study and train and play), and money (to pay for it all). If you have those three things, a lot is possible. However, most adults do not have all three of those ingredients in sufficient quantity!

Give a motivated, hardworking adult a high-quality trainer (I'm not even saying Dvoretsky or someone of that ilk), give them 7 hours a day to train (the trainer will direct the student on what and how to train, of course), give them unlimited time to travel to play in tournaments, and give them unlimited funds to pay for it...I see no reason why they cannot become at least IM.

More and more I question the importance of "talent," whatever that is. Maybe a person does need something "extra" to reach the Top 100, and of even this I'm not totally convinced. But there are something like 4,300+ FMs and 2,500+ IMs according to Wikipedia...all of them are "talented?"

Mar-01-09  blacksburg: is this guy's book out of print? i've read many recommendations and i can't seem to find it available anywhere. :(
Mar-01-09  whiteshark: <blacksburg> apparently not anywhere :D
Jan-30-11  duchamp64: Congratulations Sunil to you and family on Hikaru's achievement at Tata Steel! Celebrate well. -- an old friend (Allan)
Jan-09-12  wordfunph: "Filipinos might be so-so in the opening, but in the middle game, he is brilliant...probably even brilliant than Russians."

- FM Sunil Weeramantry

Feb-01-14  thegoodanarchist: Sunil's book, "Best Lessons of a Chess Coach", was recommended to me by none other than

Gregory Kaidanov

Oct-17-14  PhilFeeley: From his book, the following game is missing here:

Weeramantry - Walton, 1986
U.S. Open

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 N f6 6. Bf4 Bg4 7. Qb3 Qd7 8. Nd2 e6 9. Ngf3 Bd6 10. Bxd6 Qxd6 11. 0-0 0-0 12. Rae1 Rab8 13. Ne5 Bh5 14. f4 Bg6 15. Nxg6 hxg6 16. Qd1 b5 17. b4 Rfc8 18. Nb3 a5 19. a3 axb4 20. axb4 Ra8 21. Nc5 Qb8 22. Re3 Ne7 23. Qe1 Nf5 24. Rh3 Rc7 25. Be2 Rca7 26. g4 Nd6 27. Qh4 Kf8 28. Qh8+ Ng8 29. Rh7 Ne8 30. Rf3 Ra1+ 31. Kg2 R8a7 32. Rfh3 Nef6 33. Qxg7+ Ke8 34. Qxf6 R1a2 35. Rh8 Rxe2+ 36. Kf3 1-0

Nice attack. (I hope I got the moves transcribed correctly. If not, let me know.)

Oct-26-14  PhilFeeley: <blacksburg: is this guy's book out of print? i've read many recommendations and i can't seem to find it available anywhere. :(>

Amazon seems to have it. My copy (bought last year I think) has a different cover:

Jun-06-15  thegoodanarchist: < pazzed paun:

Is it really hopeless for an over 25 y.o. to expect they can get a 2300+ rating?>

I made my biggest improvement in chess skill at the age of 25 years 9 months. Based on a tip from a player in the open section of the World Open, I got "The Black Book", officially known as The Encyclopedia of Chess Middlegames.

I studied every puzzle in the book, in sequence, until I got about half way through part II (the harder puzzles).

I then went back to the World Open and won a prize - sharing 10th place in the U1600 section, and getting $400. My only loss was to a guy who was a correspondence master! His OTB rating was stale, obviously, and he was sandbagging.

Much to my delight he got crushed in the penultimate round and did not take first place.

Jun-06-15  thegoodanarchist: <blacksburg: is this guy's book out of print? i've read many recommendations and i can't seem to find it available anywhere. :(>

I owned a copy and studied every lesson at least twice. When I moved from Virginia to New Mexico in 2010 I donated many books to the Manassas public library. His was one of them. So you can probably get it on loan there, assuming they still have it.

Jan-06-17  PhilFeeley: He'll be playing in Gibraltar this year with his stepson, Hikaru Nakamura.


Jan-19-19  pureredwhiteblu: Listening to a podcast interview with special guest, FM Sunil Weeramantry. He seems like a really nice guy.
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