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The inaugural Negombo Chess Festival will be held from October 23 to 27.

The main event is an international rated chess championship with the approval of Chess Federation of Sri Lanka.

This will be a good opportunity for the Negombo unrated chess players to become rated chess players and the event will be held annually.

The Negombo Chess Festival will be organized by FMTJ Global Chess Club which was founded by four chess field activists of Sri Lanka – Thiwanka Tissera, Shamin de Moraes, Marlon Fernando and Nuwanka Jayawardena.