The first rated tournament of the year 2018 which had above 120 chess players from all parts of Nigeria which has joined the gang of tournaments with highest numbers of participants saw FM Abimbola Osunfuyi winning over Nigeria’s top two International Masters and other strong players in the country.
This is the first of a kind in Nigeria, the tournament was organized by The House of David Church Off Toyin Street, Ikeja Nigeria. This tournament was supposed to be the done during or after the Annual Conference tagged GREAT GRACE coming up on Tuesday 13th to Sunday 18th of February 2018. Some of the Great of Men of God that would be present include REV (Mrs) Funke Felix-Adejumo of Agape Christian Assembly, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya of Fountain of life Church, Rev Sam Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Center, Pastor Poju Oyemade of Covenant Christian Center, Pastor Yemi Davids of Global Impact Church, Apostle Joshua Suleman of Eternity Network International, Nathanial Bassey as the Music Minister and the very host is Pastor Sola Osunmakinde.
The rapid tournament was moved up the calendar based on reasons best known to the organizers.
Quoting Mr Ogunsiku Babatunde, the CEO Africa Chess Media on his page, JUST CHESS, he said “With a good draw against Ewi Yemi, Young GM defends the pride of the Westerners and keeps the bragging right for the first tournament winner of the year 2018, after winning the last tournament of 2017!
It was a good 2017 for Osunfuyi Abimbola and 2018 has started brilliantly for the young lad who has now become the Guy to beat in tournaments as the year progresses!
Congratulations to the 1st Nigerian Chess Champion of 2018!!!”
FM Osunfuyi Abimbola also known as Young GM was the highest rated in this tournament with a rapid rating of 2290 and will definitely cross to the 2300 rating band at the next FIDE ratings update after this impressive finish.
We were opportune to get his games against IM Olape Olubunmi (2247). This game was annotated by CM Sorungbe Ademola.