International Masters Oladapo Adu and Afolabi Akintola have taken the leadership position on the list of Nigerian Chess players that are on the rating list of the World Chess Federation (FIDE).
In the current rating list made available to THIS DAY Sports by FIDE, United States of America based-Adu is now the highest rated Nigerian with an Elo rating of 2296 while Akintola is next with 2287.
All Africa Games Gold medallist Bunmi Olape, who previously topped the list has slipped to third with 2279 while International Master Odion Aikhoje, both a World Chess Olympiad and All Africa Games Gold medallist, is forth with a rating of 2253. National master Adebayo Adegboyega is next with 2251.
In all 28 Nigerian players are currently on the FIDE rating list with three of them with International Master title while two are next with FIDE master titles and are Obafunmilayo Agusto and Abimbola Adelaja.
The World body rates only four female players namely Pauline Glewis (1969), Imeh Etokowo (2005), Omolola Alabi (2050) and Tobi Olatunji (2109).
The rating system was introduced by FIDE in the early 80s and named after its initiator, Late Appard Elo and it's a way of knowing the strength of the players at any given time.
And not long after the World Chess body introduced it that other international sporting federations took a cue with the latest being FIFA in 1994.