2015 Millionaire Chess Satellite (Lagos, Nigeria)
Millionaire Chess Open is gearing up for its second edition in October with three very important events. Back in January it was announced that the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa (KCFA) would support the MC mission by organizing three satellite tournaments in Africa. The first one was successfully held in Nairobi, Kenya and the second is being held in Lagos, Nigeria from June 10th-14th, 2015.
Nigeria has been the most successful chess federation in West Africa winning a number of Olympiad medals including team category medals (both men and women) at the 2014 Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey. The crowing glory of accomplishments has to be the gold medal for Odion Aikhoje at the 1998 Olympiad in Elista, Russia. A large contingent of Nigerian players traveled to partake in both the World Open and the Millionaire Chess Open last year. Who will be the one to win the all-expense paid trip this year???
Team Nigeria! Photo David Llada.
Nigerians at Millionaire Chess Open in October 2014.
Photo by Daaim Shabazz.
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The 2015 Millionaire Chess Open
Thursday, October 8th through Monday, October 12th 2015
CONTACT: MILLIONAIRE CHESS
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Source: Obinna Ogbonnaya (Facebook)
Lekan Adeyemi, President, Nigeria Chess Federation gives opening remarks.
The second of three Millionaire Chess Satellite tournaments in Africa was held at Chevron Event Centre in Gbagada, Lagos. The nine-round content concluded in Lagos this past weekend with an exciting playoff. The first round of the Lagos Millionaire Satellite Chess Festival saw Hermann Manan from Cote d Ivoire upset top ranked Nigerian Eugene Unwana (2321), a sign that fierce fighting would ensue in the coming four days.
In the end, it would be one of the favorites IM Bunmi Olape to take the crown. He beat the unfancied Oluwadurotimi Lapite to win the all expense paid trip to the Millionaire Open this October. Missing was defending Nigerian champion Bomo Kighiga, but there was plenty of competition for the US$5,000 first prize. The following report was filed by Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa.
Coming into the event, no one would have picked unrated Oluwadurotimi Lapite as one of the favourites but he pulled of an impressive round 9 win against top seed and then tournament leader CM Eugene Unwana (2321). This win forced a play-off with IM Bunmi Olape (2227) as both players ended with an impressive total of 7/9.
The tension was fierce!
Drawing for colors!
Lapite Oluwadurotimi and IM Bunmi Olape about to battle
for the overall 1st prize. Olape won the mini-match 1Â½-Â½.
The first playoff game was drawn, but the second was finally decided when Lapite lost on time in an otherwise equal position. This handed his opponent the hard earned title as well as a trip to Las Vegas to participate in the main event in October. Bunmi will hence be joining FM Harold Wanyama from Uganda who won the inaugural event in Kenya earlier this year.
The tournament turned out to be a major success and saw almost 150 players participating across the various events. The result is also expected to see runner up Lapite comfortably enter the Nigerian top 10 as he is expected to earn an initial rating of 2248 following his impressive debut. With no less than 19 previously unrated players participating, the event will no doubt provide many other players with their first ratings as well.
KCF would like to thank the Nigerian Chess Federation as well as the Chevron Event Centre which hosted the tournament for their hard work in putting on another excellent event. Final standings from the tournament are already available at https://www.chess-results.com and PGN copies of all games from the main event will be uploaded to this same site shortly.
~Report and photos by Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa
Olape Reigns at Millionaire Chess Festival