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Nigerian Tunde Onakoya Sets Guinness World Record on Chess

Nigerian chess master, Tunde Onakoya wins Guinness World Record title holder of the longest and nonstop Chess player.As published by New York’s Time Square,  the 29-year-old Tunde Onakoya who hails from Ikorodu in Lagos state Nigeria, have made an indelible mark by his 58 hours non-stop chess game early morning on Saturday.
He break the record for the longest chess marathon without losing to anyone. He, however, decided to push the duration to 60 hours. He started the game on Wednesday, April 17 through Saturday.
Severally he has shared on his social media the philosophy “one can do great things from small place”. And that has worked for him today as the world is celebrating him for pending his name on the sands of time in the Guinness Book of Records.From Kpomkwem News research, Tunde Onakoya was born and raised in a rural part of Lagos state Nigeria called Ikorodu.

He founded a Chess foundation known as Chess in Slums Africa, where he trains children on playing chess across parts of  Lagos slums like Majidun (korodu, Makoko, and, Oshodi.

Onakoya aspired to remain unbeaten by Shawn Martinez, who is also a chess master, with the intension and mission to raise $1 million for charity acts. So far, his supporters had already donated over $54,000 to the cause and more is expected.In his words, “We’re on a mission to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon while raising $1 million for educational programmes in African slums,” Tunde had written ahead of the game.“Your support means the world to us, so please come out, cheer us on, and consider donating to this incredible cause. Let’s make history together and empower underprivileged children through chess!”

Former event

The former holders of this record were Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad, from Norway. And the event took placed at Haugesund, Norway where played for 56 hours, 9 minutes and 37 seconds on 11th November, 2018.

Conditions for the marathon

  • The conditions of the marathon game is that two persons must play each other as opposing  team for the specified time in a public place for public inspection.
  • The team has only five minutes to rest in every hour of the activity. On their own agreement, they can defer the rest period. Subject to GWR’s ratification, the title belongs to Onakoya and his opponent.
  • Check Out ThisTunde Onakoya Biography: Age, Career, Net Worth and More

The journey of Tunde Onakoya to becoming a world-renowned chess master began in Isale Odo in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. Where he acquired the skill as a boy in a barber shop , and  later advanced his skills through his secondary school Chess club  as he said during an interview with a Nigerian lifestyle blog Zikoko

The interview

“During my teenage years, we lived in a slum community called Isale Odo in Ikorodu. It was in Ikorodu that things got really bad for my dad. He had a danfo which he used to lease out to drivers who would bring him an agreed amount. Sometimes, he would drive it himself. There were even days he’d be the conductor. Then his danfo ran into a series of problems and was no longer a source of income,”

“I couldn’t start secondary school because my parents were too poor to raise school fees — my brother was still in primary school and they couldn’t afford to pay for the both of us. They didn’t want me to go to a public school, as they were notorious for their poor standards and cultism. And so while my mates were in JSS 2, I was wasting at home. It was during this time that I found chess.” Quoted.

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