Report on Chess at the Just Concluded Mindgames Championship Grand Finale
Few weeks to December, three (3) Players, Akintoye Abdulrahman, FM Kigigha Bomo and Ajibola Olanrewaju tied for first prize in this lovely grand finale and carted away a total fund of $2,500 which is in the tune of N900,000 in Nigerian Currency after a long 13round chess tournament that lasted for two days. Akintoye Abdulrahman got the trophy as he was the first on tie break. This fast rising young man has excelled in all the major tournaments this year and was clear first in two of them on tie break which includes MGI.
Also speaking at the event, Akintoye who won the Chess competition, said his success in the championship has brought another positive dimension to his career. He disclosed that his mission to win more laurels for Nigeria in the game of Chess – The Guardian
Interesting to note that FM Anwuli Daniel (2300) is the highest rated rapid player in this tournament over the likes of IM Aikhoje Odion (2285), CM Oragwu Chukwunonso (2285), FM Kigigha Bomo (2279) to mention but a few. Unfortunately for the young lad, he couldn’t meet up with the first two rounds of the tournament due to a delay at the airport from Port-Harcourt where he just finished bagging three (3) gold medals at the just concluded West African University Games. He got to the venue at the end of the second round and almost immediately sat down to play round 3 of the tournament.
This will be a first in a long time where a rapid tournament would have a first prize of N500,000 in Nigeria. After lots of qualifiers played at different part of the states, the Grand Finale was held at Lagos Country Club, Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria. A beautiful environment to play chess which most players in the tournament approved of.
Mindgames Premier Championship Grand Finale
Lagos Country Club, Ikeja
FA Boyo Paul Kehinde
10th – 11th November 2018.
All the favourites won their games except for Koko Obubele (2144) who was held to a draw by Stephen Koya (1771). A painful loss for Ewi Yemi who got to the tournament few minutes after his clock ran down, opponent claimed a walkover.
Full result here.
It was a dream come true to Abdulrahman Akintoye (2155) who was paired against IM Aikhoje Odion (2285) in this round. During the last National Friends of Chess, he couldn’t score a win against the IM hence was on the lookout for another opportunity. Alas he was granted one and he went ahead to win this game.
Ajele Rotimi (2163) defeated CM Oragwu Chukwunonso (2285), Onokpite Kennedy (2132) couldn’t get past FM Kigigha Bomo (2279). Odugbesan Adedapo (2130) held FM Osunfuyi Abimbola (2262) to a draw, Veteran Oluwaseyitan Femi (2092) held IM Olape Bunmi (2241) to a draw, Alalibo Krama (2066) also held IM Adu Oladapo (2234) to a draw.
The shocker of the round is the loss of Ewi Yemi (2093) to unrated Onyemuwa Victor. Result here
Ajibola Olanrewaju had a winning position against FM Kigigha Bomo, only to botch it and eventually lost. Udeme Edet (2178)defeated CM Adesina Adeyinka 2260) while Abdulrahman Akintoye drew against Balogun Oluwafemi. Alalibo Krama with the black pieces after drawing IM Adu Oladapo in the last round went ahead to defeat IM Olape Bunmi with the black pieces.
FM Anwuli sat for his first game against FM Erabor David, he won with the black pieces while Mafoitan Oladipupo (1897) defeated Babalola Bayo (2086) and Ajayi Ayokanmi (1535) defeated Enenebeaku Francis (1774).
Kigigha Bomo (2279) defeated Edet Udeme (2178) while FM Fawole John Oyeyemi (2225) lost to IM Adu Oladapo with the white pieces. IM Balogun Oluwafemi (2238) was held to a draw by Koko Obubele. Abdulraheem defeated Alalibo Krama while Magnus Ekpken 1863 defeated Dasaolu Rotimi (2030) with the black pieces. Unrated Computer guru Mba Anselm defeated Oyama Ekok with the black pieces.
Abdulraheem Akintoye was paired with the sole leader of the tournament FM Kigigha Bomo (2279) and won with the white pieces. Ajele Rotimi defeated IM Adu Oladapo (2234), FM Anwuli Daniel defeated Edet Udeme while the battle between the Fide Masters saw Osunfuyi Abimbola (2262) towering over Fawole John (2225). Ajibola Olanrewaju defeated Akinwamide Oluwadamilare while Usifoh Kristian Chinedu defeated Ewi Yemi.
Abdulrahman on with much more confidence after his last round win, defeated Ajele Rotimi (2163) to remain at the top of the ladder.
Just 7 more rounds to pocket N500,000. The game between FM Anwuli Daniel and FM Kigigha Bomo ended in a draw as both agreed in less than five (5) moves.
IM Adu Oladapo lost to CM Oragwu Chukwunonso in a very interesting position. IM Adu Oladapo had a perpetual earlier in the game but tried pushing for a win which backfired.
Due to the crowd around the player’s during the game, the Chief Arbiter tried clearing the spectators by telling them to give the players space. The game was so thrilling that they didn’t totally heed which led the Chief Arbiter to stop the clocks at the heat of the moment. IM Adu protested that the clocks can’t be stopped as at that point in time but the Chief Arbiter stood his grounds and only started the clock when there was enough space for the players.
Some players argued that it was a wrong decision, that the Chief Arbiter should consider the critical position of the game before halting a game in progress.
CM Adesina Adeyinka was totally crushed by Ajibola Olanrewaju. Words can’t explain the position but a clarity would ensue after seeing the position.
Abdulrahman Akintoye leading the pack with a full point couldn’t get past FM Anwuli Daniel, the game ended in a draw while the battle of the International Masters, Olape Bunmi (2241) defeated Aikhoje Odion with the white pieces. Ajibola Olanrewaju defeated CM Oragwu Chukwunonso, FM Bomo Kigigha defeated Ajele Rotimi while FM Osunfuyi Abimbola defeated IM Balogun Oluwafemi to stay 1/2 a point closer to Abdulrahman Akintoye. Full result here
Ajibola Olanrewaju (2193) held Abdulraheem Abdulrahman who is the leader to a draw, FM Kigigha Bomo (2279) defeated FM Osunfuyi Abimbola (2262) to have a joint lead with Akintoye Abdulrahman on 6.5points. IM Olape Bunmi couldn’t defeat Udeme Edet as the game ended in a draw. Akinwamide Oluwadamilare defeated the top seed of the tournament FM Anwuli Daniel while CM Oragwu Chukwunonso defeated IM Aikhoje Odion in this round. IM Adu Oladapo won with the black pieces against IM Balogun Oluwafemi.
Shocker was Adewole Adeyinka defeating FM Fawole John Oyeyemi in this round.
Unfortunately, nigerianchess.com was not available to see what happened LIVE on the second day but the full round results can be found here.
Accolades where given to the organizers for a well organized tournament and was named the best tournament so far in Nigeria amongst the chess players. Very possible they get the award provided they meet the winning criteria at the JohnFawole Awards 2018.
Top 10 Final Standing Click here for full Standing
|1||15||Abdulraheem Abdulrahman Akintoye||NGR||2155||10,0||104,5||90,0||0,0|
|7||5||FM||Osunfuyi , Abimbola||NGR||2262||8,5||98,5||84,0||0,0|