Oyo State Wins The 19th National Sports Festival Chess Team Event Again!

The 19th National Friends of Chess ended successfully on the 11th of December 2018 but the awards ceremony was shifted to 11a.m, 12th December 2018. This was due to the following facts:

  1. Chess event didn’t end on time
  2. Insufficient medals for winners

To make matters worse, today at the closing ceremony, the medals were not enough to go round the winners. Some of the winners will not take their medals home but were promised to get them through their state associations. According to those that had participated in the festival before, this same thing happened  at the last two editions. Some teams didn’t get their medals at the closing ceremony but they got it at the stipulated time they were promised through their state associations. This is not the fault of Nigerian Chess Federation but the whole National Sport Festival Organizing committee at large.

As at the 11a.m today, most of the players that won individual medals were not around. The closing ceremony started without them hence those players not around were represented by another player who might or might not be from their team. At a point, there was a lady collecting medals on behalf of 5-6 different winners of different states. The public who would be opportune to watch the closing ceremony live or replayed will begin to wonder how one face ended up playing for different states, answering to different names, receives different medals in a single Chess Event at a whole National Sports Festival. Many coaches and players present are of the opinion that It would have been a better idea for the coaches who were around to collect on behalf of their players be it male or female and in a case where both player and coach are absent, then the spot should be left blank. Players not around during closing ceremony is bad for publicity of chess. It shows total unseriousness from the players who don’t deem it fit to attend. Kudos to the players that attended despite all odds and prompt to time.

The president of Nigerian Chess Federation Mr. Lekan Adeyemi who is also the world government body of chess (FIDE) Vice President was present to decorate the winners of this tournament.

Winners include the following

Rank Name State Medal
MALE TEAM EVENT
1. OYO Gold
2. BAYELSA Silver
3. LAGOS Bronze
MALE BLITZ EVENT
1. FM Adegboyega Adebayo Bayelsa Gold
2. CM Oragwu Chukwunonso Delta Silver
3. Daniel Anwuli Oyo Bronze
MALE BOARD 1
1. Adejoh Joshua Kogi Gold
2. Ogbogho Dennis Delta Silver
3. Abdulkadri Umar Kebbi Bronze
MALE BOARD 2
1. Ikorogbudu Ugushidah Rivers Gold
2. Ninyan Sabiya Adamawa Silver
3. Natty Lar Plateau Bronze
MALE BOARD 3
1. Leonard Agbo Jigawa Gold
2. Cole Michael Niger Silver
3. Emmanuel Maduagbona Delta Bronze
MALE BOARD 4
1. Anderson Bernard Imo Gold
2. Okonkwo Ifeanyi Edo Silver
3. Oluwaseun Quadri Osun Bronze
MALE BOARD 5
1. Odion Aikhoje Bayelsa Gold
2. Fatihu Anwalu Kano Silver
3. Folayan Adebayo Yobe Bronze
MALE BOARD 6
1. Lanre Oluwalasinu FCT Gold
2. Daniel Okorafor Anambra Silver
3. Emeka Anustem Imo Bronze
FEMALE TEAM EVENT
1. DELTA Gold
2. OYO Silver
3. EDO Bronze
FEMALE BLITZ EVENT
1. Ofowino Toritsemuwa Delta Gold
2. Samson Peace Oyo Silver
3. Hafsat Bello Delta Bronze
BOARD 1
1. Odumade Yetunde Rivers Gold
2. Abbade Abbade Plateau Silver
3. Omoyemi Osundinakin FCT Bronze
BOARD 2
1. Ofowino Toritsemuwa Delta Gold
2. Anna Odama Plateau Silver
3. Chinyere Ehirim Lagos Bronze
BOARD 3
1. Akintoye Deborah Oyo Gold
2. Chumuete Diachava Delta Silver
3. Dzaayem Vivian Edo Bronze
BOARD 4
1. Favour Attah Akwa Ibom Gold
2. Enarevba Tega Delta Silver
3. Ifunanya Anyanwu Imo Bronze
BOARD 5
1. Nwafor Nmesoma Imo Gold
2. Enomah Trust Oyo Silver
3. Perpetual Ogbiyoyo Bayelsa Bronze
BOARD 6
1. Hafsat Bello Delta Gold
2. Chizoba Nzeako Anambra Silver
3. Amadasun Blessing Edo Bronze

 

 

 

One thought on “Oyo State Wins The 19th National Sports Festival Chess Team Event Again!

  1. Most teams were devastated not getting their medals on Friday and hence the apathy to the medal presentation.

    Chess or any other event should be taken as a project with Opening and closing.

    I believe the numbers of Teams that participated were known from the first day of the event with the numbers of medals known and provision should have been made for this instead of the incomplete medal situation that arose.

    In all, I had fun being an observer of this great event.

    Thank you Nigerian chess.com for coming.

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