Chess grasp, Onakoya, braces for ‘hardest match’ in opposition to 12-year-old

Tunde Onakoya, the Nigerian chess grandmaster who not too long ago set a brand new Guinness World Record for the longest marathon chess recreation, is gearing up for what he calls his “hardest match yet.”

On June 11, Onakoya will face off in opposition to 12-year-old Women’s Candidate Master Deborah Quickpen in a three-hour chess match.

“I have faced many tough opponents, but this will undoubtedly be my hardest match yet. I can categorically say that she is the future of chess in Nigeria,” Onakoya said in a publish by way of X on Thursday.

Quickpen, who shall be representing Nigeria on the upcoming FIDE Chess World Cup in Georgia subsequent month, is thought to be the nation’s primary chess prodigy, in line with Onakoya.

Onakoya additional famous that regardless of her younger age, she has already achieved the spectacular title of Women’s Candidate Master.

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Onakoya’s publish comes on the heels of his record-breaking achievement final month.

On April 20, he tried to set a brand new Guinness World Record for the longest marathon chess recreation and succeeded, surpassing the earlier file of 56 hours and 9 minutes set by Norwegian gamers in 2018.

In a publish on his official X account, Onakoya shared his pleasure in regards to the feat, stating, “We have done it. We’re pushing to 60 hours guys. We’re not stopping yet. Let’s keep going.”

The grandmaster’s try was pushed by a trigger to lift funds and consciousness for offering instructional alternatives to underprivileged kids throughout Africa.

“We have a fundraising goal to meet for the education of African children around the world. This is our why – the reason we are doing this,” he wrote.

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