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FIDE President, arrives Lagos for African Chess tourney



The President of World Chess Federation, Arkady Dvorkovich, will arrive Nigeria this Friday night for the much-anticipated African Individual Chess Championship (AICC) which is expected to start on Saturday at the Orchid Hotel in Lekki on the outskirts of Lagos Metropolis.

The event, which has been organized by Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF) will run from 17th which is the arrival date for all participants and will end the 28th of this month at same venue.

Arkady, who was recently re-elected to serve another term in office during the last World Chess Olympiad is visiting the country for the first time and the third FIDE Boss after Late Florencio Campomanes.and immediate past leader, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

According to the Technical Director of NCF, Bode Durotoye, Nigeria will be represented at the tournament 11 male and seven female players.

“All is set for the tournament to start and we can confirm participation from 23 countries including Nigeria. While some of the players qualified to play based on their current ratings the other players are self sponsored,” he explained.

Nigerian players in the male section include; Bunmi Olape, (IM), Chukwunoson, Oragwu, Olufemi Balogun, Isaac Okeke, Toluwanimi Okemakinde, Ogogho Dennis, Joshua Adejoh, Ifeanyi Okonkwo, Musa Keyi, Akomaka Apollos, Chima Kenechukwu and Akinleye Akinseye.


In the female section, Oluwatobiloba Oloruntola (WFM) leads the pack with Jessica Pelomoh, Agbazue Miracle, Rosemary Amadasun, Onoja Oyefu, Oke Abiodun and Mayomi Oyelese made up the list of Nigerian players for the biggest Chess event on the continent.

Meanwhile Egypt will lead the power house to the tournament with players from Madagascar, South Africa, Cape Verde, Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botwana, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Cote D’ Ivoire, Cameroon, Sierra Leano, Liberia, Ghana, Somalia, Mozambique and Chad will be contesting for title in the next 10 days.

Boswana staged the last edition.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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