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Breaking News: FIDE President to Visit Nigeria!

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With less than a month to the Africa Individual Chess Championships (Open & Women sections), preparations by the Nigeria Chess Federation are ripe, with the federation president, DIG (Rtd) Sani Usman Mohammed, mni and board leaving no stone unturned to ensure that they host the very best championship yet.

President of the Nigeria Chess Federation, DIG (Rtd) Sani Usman Mohammed, mni

Having this in mind, they are working with the federal government to ensure ease of passage by participating players and officials, as well as officials. To this end, partnerships are being formed, sponsors are being welcomed and opportunities are being afforded many to join in the hosting of this awesome event.

FIDE President, Mr Arkady Dvorkovich| Image Credit: David Llada!

It is also important to note that the World Chess Federation (FIDE) President has decided to grace the event that holds in Lagos, Nigeria. This will be the very first time that President Arkady Dvorkovich will be in Nigeria on official chess business, and to see how this affects Africa chess.

ACC President, Ms Tshepiso Lopang| Image Credit: FIDE

Nigeria will play host to the FIDE president, the new Africa Chess Confederation president, chess players and other notable chess figures during this continental championship.

The chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Prince Adewole Adeyinka mentioned these in a brief interview about the upcoming event in the country.

Prince Adewole Adeyinka in action at the Masters Section of the National Chess Championship

A few of the participants in the continental masterpiece are currently plying their trade at the Abu Dharbi International Chess Event in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Osunfuyi Abimbola at the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival| Image Credit: http://adchessfestival.ae/

Hopefully, this Africa Individual Chess Championship will be the first in a very long time, where most of the African countries are ably represented and give a good account of themselves.

For those traveling to Nigeria for the first time, prepare for the best championship you have witnessed till date.

Africa’s Top Gun, Grandmaster Amin Bassem of Egypt at the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival| Image Credit: http://adchessfestival.ae/

It has also come to our knowledge that the Nigerian contingents will register for the championship based on their FIDE rating as at the 1st of August, 2022.

Furthermore, there are hopes that there will be a few talented junior players also participating at this event. These players must have shown good understanding of the game of chess over the course of the year, along with good results and ratings.

Below are some examples, not necessarily reflecting the views of the Nigerian Chess Federation.

Africa Chess Media along with a few other media organizations will publicize the championship to the world, and there might be a usage of the new technology that was launched at the Chennai Chess Olympiad (idchess).

You may not need to spend big on transmitting your tournament games to the public anymore!

Nigeria is ready to host the continent! Are You Ready for what she brings?

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Clement Urieto August 19, 2022 - 2:23 pm

Kudos to Nigeria chess and the organizing committee.

Duke Michieka August 19, 2022 - 2:50 pm

Looking forward to the event!

Adesoji Adegbie August 19, 2022 - 3:43 pm

Great news to see the FIDE President on our soil…we are happy and looking forward to seeing him.

Odinaka Joshua August 20, 2022 - 4:15 pm

Really looking forward to this event.

How many players & Juniors would be selected based on rating?

Ogunsiku Babatunde August 22, 2022 - 6:23 pm

The juniors are not confirmed yet, however, the top 10 (male & female) will have the opportunity to represent Nigeria at the championship.


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