The most consistent tournament since January 2016 would be having its final grand finale on Saturday 17th, December 2016. A tournament which was initiated by Mr. Adewole Adeyinka who is an Ex-President of Chess Player’s Association of Nigeria. There were less rated blitz players in Nigeria, as a matter of fact about 17 players had a blitz rating. Imagine strong players like IM Odion Aikhoje, CM Roland Dieyi, FM Kigigha Bomo (who is now the highest rated blitz player in the country) had no blitz rating as at January 2016. The goal was to get 100 blitz rated players before the end of the year 2016 and amazingly by the end of October 2016, the goal was achieved. One hundred and Seventeen (117) players have blitz rating in Nigeria.
The Grand Finale couldn’t be held at Maxton Suite Hotel situated at 50, Ajose Street, Mende, Maryland Lagos; who has been very consistent in giving sponsorship by providing a venue and a room to lodge for free for winners of each month’s event. But due to the fact that it cannot accommodate the number of players coming; more than 150 players are expected in this superb tournament, Maxton Suite Hotel won’t be able to accommodate all the players. Hence, the tournament venue was moved to Lagos Country Club situated at 2 Joel Ogunnaike Street, Off Mobolaji Bank, Anthony Way, GRA, Ikeja,
There would be two (2) separate categories which would be ran simultaneously on that very day.
List of Arbiters include:
1. IA Ogbonnaya Obinna
2. FA Boyo Paul
3. Rabiu Olabisi
1. Champion of Champions Category
Only top the five (5) Winners of the past Maxton Suite Blitz Tournament from January till November are eligible to play in this section. 25 Players qualified to play while the remaining 15 players were selected by their ratings.
It would be a 7 rounds tournament where the top 8 after the 7th round would go for Quarter-final. 4 of them would qualify for Semi-final while the last two standing will play the Final. We can only have one winner.
The entry fee for players in this category is N4,000!
There are 8 prizes in this category:
Star Prize: N200,000
2nd Prize: N50,000
3rd Prize: N40,000
4th Prize: N30,000
5th Prize: N20,000
6th Prize: N10,000
7th Prize: N5,000
8th Prize: N5,000
Players Eligible are Listed below.
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2. Opens Category
This category is open to all players that can’t find their names on the list above. They would also play the same game format as above. The time control is 5mins+3secs added on. Top 8 after round 7 would qualify for Quarter-Final, Semi-Final and Final. Entry fee is N2,000
Time: 12pm – 6pm.
Star Prize = N100,000
2nd Prize = N40,000
3rd Prize = N30,000
4th Prize = N20,000
5th Prize = N5,000
6th Prize = N5,000
Come with your chessboards and clocks! This is the biggest event of the year! Lets come and have fun!