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Okeke Isaac


Candidate Master


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