Battle of wits as world record holder, Onakoya, duels with Quickpen today

Battle of wits as world record holder, Onakoya, duels with Quickpen today

The Nigerian chess community is set to witness an extraordinary event as seasoned Guinness World Record holder and founder of Chess In Slums Africa (CISA), Tunde Onakoya, squares off against chess prodigy and national women’s champion, Deborah Quickpen.

This special match, according to the organisers, aims to promote chess in Nigeria, celebrate the mind sport as a powerful tool for change and raise essential funds to support the transformative Chess In Slums charity and Deborah Quickpen’s chess career.

Onakoya is renowned for his remarkable achievements in the global chess community and his commitment to apply chess to empower children from underserved communities.

His internationally acclaimed Chess In Slums project has provided children across Africa with educational opportunities and life skills.

Quickpen, a rising star in African and world chess, has already made waves with her exceptional talent and achievements at such a young age. She is currently ranked number one in Nigeria and fourth in Africa across all women age groups.

She is the current national women’s champion, the youngest person to hold that title in Nigerian chess history. Her journey in chess has been nothing short of inspiring, and her participation in this match symbolises the bright future of the country’s chess.

The organisers said in a statement that the “Daniel Ford International is proud to announce the support of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) for this event.

“NIDCOM’s involvement underscores the importance of the Nigerian Diaspora in championing local causes and highlights how the Diaspora can be an invaluable asset to Nigeria.

“By championing this event, NIDCOM encourages the Nigerian Diaspora to actively participate in and contribute to initiatives that foster education and empowerment within their homeland.”

The statement disclosed that the event would be streamed live to allow chess enthusiasts and supporters from around the globe to witness the match.

Speaking on the battle with Onakoya, Quickpen said: “I am excited and honored to play against Mr. Onakoya. Chess has changed my life, and I hope this match inspires other young people to take up the game and see where it can take them.”

Also speaking on the contest, Onakoya said, “This match is a testament to the potential that lies within every child. Deborah’s talent and dedication are truly remarkable. Through Chess in Slums, we aim to unlock this potential in many more children across Nigeria.”

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