Continuing a busy chess calendar since last month, the Nigerian Police Sports and Fitness Center at Police College in Ikeja, Lagos, will attract a large gathering of top players and stakeholders starting this morning when the police Inspector General’s maiden edition begins.
The five-day cerebral activities are organized by the Nigeria Police Chess Association in collaboration with the Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF).
Top chess players, led by the current national master, International Master Daniel Anwuli, will face a tough challenge of the old order led by International Masters Odion Aikhoje, Bunmi Olape, FIDE Master Bomo Kigigha, Olanrewaju Ajibola, Oluwafemi Balogun, Chukwunonso Oragwu, Akintoye Abdulraheem and many others for the top prices in the men’s department.
Ahead of today’s opening round of the Games in the Men’s and Women’s Section, Police Inspector General Usman Alkali Baba and other top police hierarchies were confirmed as part of the ceremony this morning.
The President of the Nigerian Chess Federation DIG Sani Mohammed (rtd) yesterday urged chess players and stakeholders to be orderly throughout the competition so that the first edition of the event will ensure a permanent place on the association’s calendar for many years to come.
“This event is a dream come true for me, considering that we have been there for several years and it is a good development. We are indeed glad that the Inspector General of the Police, who is also a sports enthusiast, has identified became.” the brain game, “remarked the NCF President last night.
The top winner in the male category received 250,000 N, while the second and third received 180,000 N and 130,000 N, respectively.
In the women’s standings, the best in the category receives N150,000, while the second-best receives N80,000, while the third-best takes N60,000 home.
The seven round Swiss event pairings will attract N1.5 million cash prizes with 20-place male and 10-place female players all guaranteed cash prizes.
The championship will be judged by FIDE, with the time control set at one and a half hours plus 30 seconds per move and player registration closed yesterday evening at N2,500 per player.
The championship will undoubtedly excite chess players before the National Championship is hosted next week by the Orchid Chess Club, Lekki in Lagos.
Since the change of guard at the NCF, players have been involved in tournaments at both local and international levels.