Robert Asibor wins the 1st edition of Maxton Chess knockout tournament!!!

Chess Veteran Robert Asibor wins the 1st Edition of Maxton Chess Knockout tournament:
asibor vs odafe
Asibor (white) vs Odafe (black)
Knockout system
15minutes flat (if there is a tie, 5mins blitz)
This event was sponsored by a Veteran chess player Femi George. It was held at Maxton Hotel Mende, Maryland, Lagos. Chess players were at the last floor of a 5 storey building. The playing hall was lovely. Full A.C, the food was tantalising not to mention access to drinks of any kind.
NCF also partnered with the organizers and with the management of Maxton Hotel. The word is there would be discount lodging rate for chess players. For more information click
It was a rapid chess event on knock out basis with each player playing both colours. A win is therefore 1.5 or 2.0points as the case may be.  In the event of a tie, the players go into a 5mins blitz game to determine the winner. There is a toss of coin to decide who picks white or black.

16 players featured in the event and the pairing report are as follows:

Round of 16
Balogun Femi  defeated Ojo John to advance to the round of 8
Asibor Robert defeated Dave Erhabor to also advance to the next round
Odafe Efemuai defeated Ajibola Olanrewaju. They both played 1 – 1 in the 15min time control before going to the blitz.
Adeyinka Adewole was defeated by Dooterna Shaapera
Dasaolu Rotimi defeated Oloruntla Gbenga to advance to the next round
Femi George lost to Mafoitan Oladipupo
Adeniyi Kareem defeated Uwe Okpo and …
Wole Akintola had a walkover. His opponent Charles Campbell couldnt make the round.
Quarter Final
Wole Akintola lost to Asibor Robert
Odafe was able to win Oladipo in a spectacular fashion.
Oladipo vs Odafe
White just played 1.Nd2 Can you find the mate in 2moves? Black plays the move that leaves white in a zugwang!
Dasaolu Rotimi lost to Adeniyi Kareem!
Balogun Femi won Shaapera Doorterna. Seems Shaapera is Balogunphobic. He seems to always lose good positions against Femi most of the time they meet.

Asibor Robert comfortably defeated Adeniyi Kareem 2-0 and advanced to the final
Efemuai Odafe defeated Femi Balogun to also advance to the final

This was an intense battle between Adeniyi Kareem and Balogun Femi. Balogun took the lead in their first game and Kareem equalized beautifully in the second game. A 5mins blitz decider saw Balogun clearly winning on board but Adeniyi lost on time. Balogun Femi bags the N5,000 for 3rd place.

The final match between Osibor Robert and Odafe was very interesting. Odafe was very confident that he was going to beat the veteran player with ease. He came in strong in the first round. The game is shown below

[Event “?”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2015.11.28”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Asibor Robert”]
[Black “Efemuai Odafe”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “D02”]
[PlyCount “89”]
[SourceDate “2015.11.28”]1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bf4 c6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Bd3 Bg4 6. O-O Nbd7 7. Nbd2 e6 8. c3
a5 9. Qc2 Be7 10. Ne5 Bh5 11. h3 a4 12. Rfe1 O-O 13. g4 Bg6 14. Nxg6 hxg6 15.
Nf3 Re8 16. Kh1 c5 17. Bb5 Qa5 18. Qe2 c4 19. Bxd7 Nxd7 20. e4 Nf6 21. Ng5 a3
22. e5 axb2 23. Qxb2 Nh7 24. Nf3 b5 {takes a sip of beer} 25. Bd2 Reb8 26. Reb1
Qa3 27. Qc2 b4 28. Kg2 b3 $2 {after playing so well from the beginning, black
was over confident of his position. Without much thought he played} 29. axb3
Qxa1 30. Rxa1 Rxa1 31. bxc4 dxc4 {maybe he felt the advantage of the 2rooks
will hold in this position but unfortunately it his calculation his wrong.}
32. Bc1 $1 Ba3 33. Bxa3 Rxa3 34. Nd2 Nf8 35. Nxc4 Ra1 36. Nd2 Ra3 {there is
indeed nothing to do. white’s pawns would start rolling} 37. c4 Nd7 38. c5 Rc8
39. Ne4 Ra7 40. Nd6 {the dream of every knight} Rc6 41. Qe4 $1 {Robert was
playing precise moves. He made the move within 2seconds} Rca6 42. Nb5 {dancing}
Ra8 {its all over….funny enough this is a position when 10minutes looks like
365days to finish a game!} 43. Nc7 R8a7 44. Nxa6 Rxa6 45. Qb7 {and black
deemed it fit to resign…he went on to lose his 2nd game} 1-0

There were 5ladies here leading to a single round robin. Remember each player plays both colors against one another.

 1 2 3 4 5 Total Position
Oluwaseun Assa X ½ 2 1 2 5.5 2nd
Doris Adebayo 1.5 X 1 1 ½ 4 3rd
Ibrahim Aishat 0 1 X 0 0 1 5th
Chinyere Ehirim 1 1 2 X 2 6 1st
Modupe Fasanya 0 1.5 2 0 X 3.5 4th


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