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FIDE Master Abimbola Osunfuyi, Omolola Sadiku and former world scrabble champion, Wellington Jighere, emerged as winners at the 2017 final of the Chess Heights Monthly at Maxton Suites Maryland, Lagos on Saturday.
The event, which was organised by Tolulope Ogunwobi, featured over 75 players in the open and the ladies categories.
Osunfuyi scored six points to win the open category, while Sadiku scored four points to win the ladies’ category. Jighere was awarded the Best New Player of the competition, after participating in the event for the first time and scoring 3½ points.
Osunfuyi was also rewarded with a trophy apart from the cash prize he won.
Other winners in the open category are Oloruntola Gbenga (5½ points), Bunmi Olape (five points), Oluwadamilare Akinwamide (five points), Oladapo Adu (4½ points), Onuoha Obioma (4½ points) and Bamidele Oluwalasinu (4½ points).
Vivian Dzaayem (3½ points), Esther Nwanze (3½ points), Chinyere Chukwuemeka-Ehirim (3½ points) also emerged as winners in the ladies’ category.
Ogunwobi told our correspondent that the tournament would keep growing.
“Chess is a sport which empowers the players with critical abilities – just like other mind sports. The sport has not been tapped into in Nigeria and Chess Heights Monthly is hoping to leverage that to make sure that chess players are kept busy and active always,” he said.
“Although we have faced a lot of challenges to ensure that the competition comes up every month since we started in 2010, we still hope it grows bigger than it currently is.”
Osunfuyi said, “It is exciting to win this competition. I wasn’t expecting to win but I just gave it my all and the rest is history. I am grateful to the organisers and being a regular player at Chess Heights, I hope the competition continues to grow.”
Source: Punch news