Endurance chess: Nigerian sets world record

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Nigerian Tunde Onakoya broke the world record for the longest chess marathon in New York. The 29-year-old played chess in Times Square for more than 58 hours and remained undefeated. With the campaign, Onakoya raised money for underprivileged children in Africa.

Onakoya made his first move on Wednesday and sat at the chessboard until Friday evening. “I can’t process a lot of the emotions I’m feeling right now,” he said, breaking the 58-hour mark. “But I know we have accomplished something truly remarkable.”

By Friday night, he was about to give up, Onakoya said. “But Nigerians have come from all over the world. And they were with me all night,” he said. “We sang and danced together, and I couldn’t just leave her hanging.”

In 2018, Onakoya launched the ‘Chess in Slums’ project in the city of Ikorodu, near the Nigerian metropolis of Lagos, which targets children and young people in the region who often cannot go to school and have to work to support their families. support.

Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu congratulated Onakoya on his record and praised his “talent” and “boldness.” Onakoya hopes his world record will raise $1 million for underprivileged children in Africa.

Source: Krone

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