Nigerian "Chess Sharks" prepare for Olympiad Trials

Nnamdi Okosieme, P.M. News, 4 February 2002 (Lagos, Nigeria).

A total of 100 chess players made up of 55 male and 45 female players have been invited to camp for Olympic trials scheduled to hold from 19th-24th February in Lagos.  A member of the
Nigerian Chess Federation (NCF) who spoke to P.M. Sport said at the end of the trials, the federation should have a stand-by male team of 10 players while the standby female team will be made up of six players.

On the criteria for inviting players to the trials, the official who crave anonymity, said three factors were considered. The first, he said, the players performance at the last sports festival held in Bauchi. The second factor is the players' current national rating while the last criterion is the current form of the players.

The official said the decision to start preparation now will enable the federation to field a strong team at the
Chess Olympiad which comes up in Blades, Slovenia later this year. Some of the players invited include masters category players, Olomola Olusegun and Fajimi while gold medallist at the Bauchi Festival, Latifat Lawal and Yetunde Johnson are some of the ladies invited.

Posted by The Chess Drum: 4 February 2002