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IGWUBOR KIKOSEM

PLAYER

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.