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  Nigerian chess master Tunde Onakoya set a new world record for the longest chess game ever played undefeated. This event was not just about playing chess; it was also to help raise money and awareness for educating children in Africa who don’t have many opportunities.
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Tunde Onakoya announced his victory on his official X account, sharing his excitement and the purpose behind his efforts:
“We have done it. We’re aiming for 60 hours, guys. We’re not stopping yet. Let’s keep going. We are raising money for the education of African children around the world. This is why we are doing this. Let’s show the world what love can do. Together, we can make this happen.”
The challenge started with the goal of beating the previous record of 56 hours and 9 minutes, set by two players from Norway in 2018. As the time passed 56 hours, it was clear that Onakoya was not just there to play; he was making history. This exciting event took place in one of the most famous spots in the world and attracted many people who love chess and wanted to support a good cause.
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Onakoya’s foundation, Chess in Slums Africa, said that American chess master Shawn Martinez joined him for this record attempt. Their statement explained,
“This record attempt requires two players. Tunde Onakoya (NG) is facing off against Shawn Martinez (US) for this challenge. Both are National Masters. Shawn Martinez, known as a great chess player and coach in New York City, is a tough opponent. Both Tunde Onakoya and Shawn Martinez will hold the record title.”
As Onakoya and Martinez played their game, support poured in from Nigeria. Important figures like the Nigerian President, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, and famous musicians Davido and Adekunle Gold all showed their support. Their backing helped bring more attention to the event and showed how proud they were of Onakoya’s achievement. About 23 hours into the game, Martinez joined in, adding more excitement to the match. Their teamwork not only aimed to set a new world record but also to highlight how important education is and how chess can help change lives. This match was more than just a test of their chess skills; it was a way to encourage others to help provide education for less fortunate children.
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As Onakoya continues to break new ground in chess, his record-setting game in Times Square is a powerful reminder of how sports can bring about positive change and bring people together. This event is sure to inspire others to follow their dreams while also making a difference in the world.
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This article was first published on 20th April 2024

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