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The Malogy Online Rapid Invitational: Quarterfinalists Emerge

by Ogunsiku Babatunde
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The Malogy Online Rapid Invitational (MORI) has become a trending event in the hearts of people on the African continent. With some of the very best players in Nigeria showing their chess prowess live and direct.

The maiden edition of “MORI” has been a revelation for African chess, and a resounding success this far. It just goes to show that Africa will only get better and better if we are able to showcase the talents we already have.

Final list after the 12 player round robin qualifier event| Image Credit: Malogychess

Without a doubt, Nigeria leads the way in the race to bring online spectators exciting chess duels, as Malogychess brought the rapid invitational to Nigerians, Africans, and the world at large.

FM Kigigha Bomo shadowing the IM Adu Oladapo’s game at C4 2019| Image Credit: Ogunsiku Babatunde

A key aspect of this tournament was the withdrawal of the much fancied IM Adu Oladapo who had to decline participation due to the much publicised personal issues he is having to deal with, and FM Kigigha Bomo has proven to be a very capable replacement.

Twelve (12) players have battled it out within the last four (4) days. Pushing to qualify for the quarterfinals of the event and stand a chance for glory at the end of the tournament.

FM Adebayo Adegboyega in action| Image Credit: http://nigerianchessplayers.blogspot.com/2006/05/adegboyega-adebayo-playing-on-board-1.html?m=1

It has been a very interesting event, as FM Adebayo Adegboyega (Dabee) continued to show the reason why he has been called “Dabeast” by some young fans who follow his games online. The veteran started with a top-class finish against the young IM Anwuli Daniel in the game below, as he showed precision in most of his games to finish atop the standings of the Malogychess sponsored event, with a 7W-4D-0L report card

The young IM Anwuli Daniel, however, dusted himself from the round one loss to the veteran and racked up a series of wins and draws, with just a second loss to veteran IM Aikhoje Odion in the 9th round and finishing with two (2) solid victories in the last rounds to secure his second-place finish and qualification into the final eight (8) of the Malogychess sponsored event, with a 7W-2D-2L report card.

IM Anwuli Daniel in thoughts| Image Credit: Ogunsiku Babatunde

IM Aikhoje Odion (Odirovski) was definitely one of the favorites to qualify into the next stage of the invitational. While still toasting his appointment as the Players Representative for the Africa Chess Confederation, he definitelyshowed chess prowess at the event.

IM Aikhoje Odion shading his moves| Image Credit: Ogunsiku Babatunde

Stumbling to losses against the solid FM Kigigha Bomo, the young FM Abimbola Osunfuyi and the co-veteran FM Adebayo Adegboyega, he was able to pick up vital wins and draws to aid his 3rd place finish after the round-robin, which qualifies him for the quarterfinals of the Malogychess sponsored event, with a 6W-2D-3L report card

In 4th place, is FM Akintoye Abdulrahman Abdulraheem, whose chess prowess has never been in doubt since his eventual emergence back in 2017 to take on the challenge of rising to the top of Nigerian chess.

FM Akintoye Abdulrahman Abrulraheem| Image Credit: Ogunsiku Babatunde

Kicking off his campaign with a 2-0 drubbing of the “young gm” FM Osunfuyi Abimbola, he fell to the sword of IM Aikhoje Odion in the next round, which was one of only two losses that the well-loved “Triple-A” suffered in the entirety of the eleven (11) round-robin phase of the event, and finished with a 5W-4D-2L report card.

Securing 5th place with a point difference between himself and both 4th place finisher and the 6th place finisher, is FM Oragwu Chukwunonso (Nonsopolo), who is the 2019 African Amateur Individual Chess Champion, with a clean sweep of classical, rapid and blitz trophies.

FM Oragwu Chukwunonso| Image Credit: Ogunsiku Babatunde

He was only one of three players to deliver a huge 2-0 defeat on FM Osunfuyi Abimbola, in his quest to finish in the top eight (8) at the end of the round-robin event.

FM Oragwu secured qualification into the quarterfinals with a 4-game winning streak during the final four (4) games of the round-robin, which was no mean feat, and ended the Malogychess sponsored event with a 5W-3D-3L report card.

FM Osunfuyi Abimbola the gentle assassin| Image Credit: Ogunsiku Babatunde

FM Osunfuyi Abimbola (Abimbola_Osunfuyi) finished the round-robin in 6th place, and would have felt he should have gotten more. He would undoubtedly be looking forward to doing good damage to the chances of others in the quarterfinals, seeing how much loss he endured in this qualifying stage of the event.

One positive he would take into the knockout stage though, would be his win over IM Aikhoje Odion, who would also be looking out for the young lad. FM Osunfuyi ends the round robin phase of the event with a report card reading of 5W-2D-4L as he prepares for the quarterfinals.

Veteran International Master Olape Bunmi| Image Credit: Ogunsiku Babatunde

In 7th place, is the veteran IM Olape Bunmi (IM Micfel), who had a mixed start to life at the invitational event, after starting with two (2) wins and two (2) losses in the first four (4) games of the tournament.

The chess coach for the star-studded Oyo Chess Team dusted himself and raked in two (2) more wins and three (3) draws to secure qualification into the quarterfinals, but not before enduring two (2) more losses. He ends the round-robin phase of the event with a 4W-3D-4L report card.

FM Kigigha Bomo in thoughts|Image Credit: Ogunsiku Babatunde

The final qualification spot was taken up by the solid FM Kigigha Bomo (self-acclaimed Grandmaster Bomo), who came in for the distraught IM Adu Oladapo (still in Cote D’Ivoire).

The longest-reigning, highest-rated chess player in Nigeria for this decade, came into the fold and showed that he still has the juice that made him the top dog for so long.

FM Kigigha Bomo in action| Image Credit: Ogunsiku Babatunde

Starting like a house on fire, with two (2) wins and two (2) draws in his first four (4) games, defeating the veteran IM Aikhoje Odion (round 3) and securing a hard-fought draw against the top-dog on the standings, FM Adebayo Adegboyega (round 4) in succession.

He then lost steam and could only muster one (1) more win against IM (elect) Ajibola Olanrewaju (a warning shot that he is coming back for his prized top spot on the Nigerian rating list), and three (3) draws, as he stared down the barrel of four (4) losses.

FM Kigigha Bomo on a mission| Image Credit: Ogunsiku Babatunde

His report card at the end of the round robin section of the Malogychess sponsored event therefore reads 3W-5D-4L.

The quarterfinals will be a very interesting battle for fans and followers of the Malogy Online Rapid Invitational, as well as the players themselves. See pairings below:

The Quarterfinal Pairings are out| Image Credit: Malogychess

What strategy will the players employ now that they will be facing each other once again? Will they use the same openings or tweak it, will they change their lines totally, will they come out with a pet line, or will they go out guns blazing?

These are some of the questions that would be answered when the quarterfinals kick off at noontime today, 3rd of July, 2020.

Do not be told about it….Ensure You are there to witness the battle live!

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