Chess in Nigeria: Friends of Chess Tournament begins Today in Lagos
Event coordinator Rotimi Dasaolu, who is also a coach with Team Lagos Chess at the last National Sports Festival, says registration was a huge improvement on the last edition.
International Masters set to attend are Fola Akintola, Odion Aikhoje, Dapo Adu and Bunmi Olape, while the Nigerian Masters, who represented the country at the last World Chess Olympiad, include Yinka Adesina, Nonso Oragwu, Femi Balogun and Bomo Kigigha.
"We are paying appearance fees to the International Masters as their presence will serve to motivate the younger players and also enhance the profile of the tournament which we are organising to keep the game alive in the absence of big corporate sponsored competitions," said Dasaolu.
The tournament, which ends on Sunday, will feature competition in six categories - FIDE, Masters, Open, Ladies, U-14 and U-10. (msn sports)
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