Team Nigeria departs for Kasparov Chess Foundation championship today
The Nigeria Chess Federation has finished putting modalities in place to sponsor four Chess players, Dieyi Roland, Ogunwobi Tolulope, Akinseye Abiola and Salawu Mutiu to the Kasparov Chess Foundation 15-year celebration tournament slated to hold in Cote d’Ivoire from October 26 to 29.
The team is expected to depart for Abidjan today.Foremost chess analyst, Babatunde Ogunsiku told The Guardian yesterday that the Kasparov tourney was organised to help West African Chess Federations to contest among themselves and sharpen their skills on the game.
He noted that the four-day championship would also enable West Africa Chess players to get arbitration training and certification to become arbiters (referees) of chess at various levels of the game.
“The West Africa tourney is slated to give Nigerian Chess players more international exposure. The NCF have finished making arrangements to ensure the players representing the country at the event get the right support.
“Players that participate in the Kasparov tourney would be given more training on Chess, which would in turn help improve the standard of the game in Nigeria. The leader of delegation to the tournament is Adeyemi Lekan. The team departs for Abidjan 12 Noon on Tuesday,” he said.
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