Team Category: PLAYERS
2018 U20 National Girls Champion
Playing her very first National tournament in the year 2017, Temitope has grown to become one of the finest chess-playing young girls in the country at age 14. She had a remarkable 2018, where she finished 1st position (female section) at the 1st Malogy U-20 National Chess Tournament, and at the 2nd Edition of The OSFI Board Games Tournament, defeating boys in the process. She also represented Lagos at the National Youth Games, where she also came home with a medal, which would reward her with her first international exposure, as she was selected as one of the members of the Nigerian teams to represent the country at The West African U-16 Team Chess Championship, where she was unbeaten and finished the event with a perfect 6/6 score, helping her team to finish second, just behind another Nigerian team consisting of the nest three (3) young talents that would be mentioned. With these numerous accomplishments in so little a time, the #GoForANigerianChessGrandMaster team believes that she would be invaluable to the success of the program.
Having a rapid rise in the chess industry is the story of Okeke Isaac, who only started playing chess in 2017 and has become one of the most known junior names in the game, not just because he can talk, but also because he plays some good chess, claiming some very important wins, showing serious improvements as time goes by and never afraid to face a top player. Isaac participated in the 2017 edition of CPAN/Chevron Chess Challenge, where he finished with 3 points out of a possible 7. But from this event, he gained valuable experience, which helped him to overcome his peers at other age category tournaments in the same year, which includes: The 2017 OSFI Chess Tournament U-14 section, where he finished as overall 1st place winner, The Mike Okiro Rapids U-16 section, where he also picked up the 1st place prize and joint 1st position at The National Friends of Chess Junior U-16 event. Starting out 2018 as the Best Junior U-16 player at The Household of David Rapid Tournament was no mean feat, finishing with 5.5/9 among top players in the country and fishes alike. Representing Ogun State at The National Youth Games, 2018, was an important push for him, considering his 3 Gold Medal haul at the event, where he picked up the Board Gold Medal, helped his team to Gold Medal, and defeated everyone in his wake to clinch the Blitz Gold Medal at the event. The Chess Heights Rapid event is one of the most popular rapid events in the country, holding almost every other month, and Okeke Isaac can boldly say that he finished in 3rd position at the August 2018 edition of the event, which boasted of various top Opens players. He also participated in the Ogun State Closed Trial of 9 players (inclusive of himself) Round Robin, where he qualified to represent the state, as part of the team of players that would participate at the National Sports Festival, 2018 (picking up 3 wins, 3 draws and only 1 loss). He participated in the National Sports Festival, where he played 5 games and had 4.5/5 at the event. At the end of the CPAN Chess League, 2018, Okeke Isaac had helped his team to a 4th place finish on the table. He is also a back-to-back National Champion of the Redeem National Chess Event. Seeing all these efforts by the young man, the #GoForANigerianChessGrandMaster team believes that he is one of the talents to help spur Nigeria into achieving her aim of the very first Grandmaster
2018 U20 National Champion
Came to limelight as a 15-year-old boy, who had been learning, training, and waiting for the opportunity to shine, and the MTN FESTAC Chess Festival gave him the opportunity to show what he knows about the game. Playing against seasoned opens players and some National Masters who refused to grow in the game and finishing joint 2nd. After this event, he gave more time to his University degree, where he is currently studying to be a Medical Doctor, only to come out of hiding in 2017, during the Flaming Knights Opens Tournament, where he also finished joint 2nd. Knowing he had only 2018 as his last opportunity to participate in a Junior U-20 tournament, he participated in the 2018 Malogy National U-20 Chess Championship, where he finished the tournament clear 1st, to outshine every other promising junior at the event. He then went on to represent his University at the West African University Games (WAUG), where he helped his team to Silver Medal, just behind another Nigerian University being led by Anwuli Daniel, claimed the board 1 Silver Medal, and also picked up the Blitz Silver Medal. Kikosem then represented the Bayelsa Team at the National Sports Festival, where he and the team of elder statesmen picked up the Silver Medal at the event. With all these achievements, the #GoForANigerianChessGrandMaster Initiative believes that he is one of the players that Nigeria needs to work with to produce the very first Nigerian Chess Grandmaster.
A promising young star:
Born 19th August 2010, 8-year-old Goodness Ekunke in the CPAN Chess League Season 3, played for Team as their U16 player. Goodness Ekunke is unarguably the best Chess player in Nigeria under 10 years and one of the best prodigies ever seen in Nigeria Chess.
His other antecedents include but not limited to:
OSFI Board Game Tournament
Date: September 7 – 9, 2017
Category: – under 10 years
Position: – Joint 1st
First A.N.G.E.L.S Chess Tournament.
Date: – Saturday 22nd July, 2017
Category: – under 10 years
Position – 1st
First Sir Mike Okiro Chess Tournament
Date: – November 18th – 19th, 2017
Category: under 12yrs
Junior National Friend of Chess Tournament
Date: – November 25th – 26th, 2017
Category: under 10yrs
Position: – 1st
First Malogy LTD U-20 National Tournament
Date: April 13th – 16th, 2018
Category: – under 10yrs
National Youth Games, Ilorin, Kwara State
Date; 10th to 17th September 2018
Category; Under 15yrs
Position; 1st (Team Gold), 2nd (Board Silver)
At age 6, Deborah was the youngest participant in the 2018 National Sports Festival, which held in Abuja in 2018.
Currently under the tutelage of Nigeria’s second-highest rated Chess player Kigigha Bomo.