Nigeria

  • Tani Adewumi earns another IM norm!

    This picture was the beginning of a journey for 8-year-old Tani Adewumi, who became a national sensation. He earned a 3rd International Master norm last Sunday. Photo by Christopher Lee (New York Times). In November 2021, Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi earned his FIDE Master (FM) title. At the NYC Fall GM/IM…

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  • Bassem Amin & Shahenda Wafa… 2022 African Champs!

    WGM Shahenda Wafa (gold-women’s), GM Abdelrahman Hesham (bronze-open), GM Bassem Amin (gold-open). All photos by Babatunde Ogunsiku (Africa Chess Media) Egypt’s Bassem Amin wins his sixth continental title after winning the 2022 African Individual Chess Championships in Lagos, Nigeria. He edged out compatriot and fellow Grandmaster Ahmed Adly who had…

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  • Aikhoje gets ’98 Olympiad gold medal!

    Nigerian International Master Odion Aikhoje finally receives the gold medal he earned on board two at the Elista Olympiad in 1998. Twenty-four years is short in terms of age, but to wait on something for 24 years is another matter. The Chess Drum reported on Aikhoje’s triumph in the very…

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  • 2022 African Individual Championships (Lagos, Nigeria)

    In a few days, Africa’s top players will trek to Africa’s most populous city (25 million) Lagos for the African Individual Chess Championship (AICC). According to Africa Chess Media’s Babatunde Ogunsiku has been counting down to the day of the tournament’s start. The marquee tournament on the continent comes in…

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  • African nations at Chennai Olympiad!

    African nations traveling to the 2022 Chess Olympiad have traditionally been up to the mark in colorful outfits. This Olympiad will feature a “best dressed” contest. It’s a very interesting, but perhaps tricky idea to compare cultural expressions, but one thing for sure is that African nations will be a…

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  • Tyrone Davis gives Gift of Chess to Nigeria

    National Master Tyrone Davis III graduated last month from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in computer science. He told The Chess Drum that he’ll be joining Saba Capital as an investment analyst in NYC. National Master Tyrone Davis III playing Benjamin, a boy whom he is…

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  • Tani Adewumi gets second IM norm!

    Tanitoluwa AdewumiPhoto by Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation In late April, Tanitoluwa Adewumi earned his first IM norm and yesterday he earned a second. Tani earned the norm at the New York Summer Invitational where topped the field with 7/9 edging out Nakada Akira who finished with 6.5. Now the top-rated…

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  • Tony Ballard’s Powerful Chess Testimony

    Tony Ballard’s life has been one of turmoil, but chess has become a source of balance during his period of incarceration. Ballard is serving a 294-month sentence for attempted murder, but recently gave one of the most powerful testimonies of the rehabilitative properties of chess. Grandmasters will often be asked…

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  • First IM norm for Tani Adewumi!

    FIDE Master Tani Adewumi is growing up right before our eyes. He recently notched the first of three required “norms” for the title of International Master. It was only three years ago that the story broke of an 8-year-old winning the New York Scholastic State Title. A New York Times…

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  • Tunde Onakoya’s mission takes chess to Nigerian slums

    Tunde Onakoya’s mission to invigorate the Nigerian slum through chess has taken a grand leap. Three years ago, Tunde was in the news after writing of an adorable little girl named Basirat Ariyike. She became a symbol of what Onakoya was trying to achieve in his “Chess in Slums” initiative.…

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