The Nigerian Chess Federation has announced a series of qualifying tournaments to select the 2008 Olympiad team. After a lengthy transcontinental discussion, officials within the Nigerian Disapora have figured out a way to select the strongest possible team. There will be separate competitions to select eight male players… two from Europe, two from the U.S. and four from Nigeria. The following are the contacts for these regional qualifying tournaments which are to take place in August.
Zone #1 (Europe): Bola Dada (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Zone #2 (U.S.): Contact Kunle Elegbede (email@example.com)
Zone #3 (Nigeria): Lekan Adeyemi (firstname.lastname@example.org
Kunle Elegbede, the International Coordinator of the Nigeria Chess Federation, has played a key role is promoting chess development in the Nigerian Disapora. Based in Houston (USA), Elegbede has been instrumental in organizing tournaments and spearheaded this qualifying process. He organized the “Nigerian Clash” last year and runs a forum for Nigerian chess which should carry among other things, coverage from these qualifying events. Check the Nigerian Chess Forum for updates.