At the end of the just concluded Lagos International Chess Classics held inside the Molade Okaya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, Nigeria and Egypt tied in the ratings.
About 145 players took part in the race for the star price. The trio of Nigeria’s Ochuko Onovughe, Omoifo Osemekhia and Emmanuel Maduagwuna tied on six points with the duo of Egypt’s Abdelrahman Hesham and Mohammed Ezat, each of the five players, to whom the star price was shared.
One of the big upset of the tournament was the loss of grandmaster, Serbia’s Dejan Antic and Uganda’s international master, Elijah Emojong, who after six round of matches were top, only to lose their last match and settle for 5.5 points in the end.
The tournament director, Adebayo Babalola, expressed satisfaction with the organisation, stressing it has been of immense benefit to the domestic and foreign participants.
“I think every player that took part in the championship has commended the organization while the foreigners were not left out of this and this for us will spur us on to do better in subsequent editions,” Babalola said.
“The unrated players will surely improve in their ranking while the rated ones will get improved ranking from the World Chess Federation (FIDE). This alone for us has scored the tournament high and we believe our players have indeed gained from participating in the competition.”
A one-day lecture, conducted by Serbian Grandmaster, Antic, was held, including exhibition matches between with 20 selected players, the top five in the U-14 inclusive.
The lecture was part of the organisers’ effort to improve the game of chess in the country.