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Chess Heights Monthly is back. It was suspended in June 2012 in favour of Chess Heights Congress and Chess Heights Classic. Chess Heights Congress was a seven round rapid while Chess Heights Classic was a three days classical time control event. Chess Heights Classic unfortunately never held.
This edition of Chess Heights Monthly took place in the Sports Centre of the University of Lagos and had 36 players participating. There was publicity for it in the Nigerian press including LTV broadcast, The Punch and Sporting Life reports.
The stars who were present included Abimbola Osunfuyi, the national amateur champion; Toyin Jegede, the national opens champion and winner of several Chess Heights events; Udeme Dominic, a decent national master.
In round 1, Abimbola Osunfuyi defeated Nnubia Ugochukwu, while Udeme Dominic won as black against the young and talented University of Lagos’ student Rotimi Lapite. Toyin Jegede lost to Daniel Korede even though he was white. This event was one to forget forget for Toyin “Jegedizzle” jegede.
Round 2 saw Abimbola Osunfuyi shockingly losing to Ndukwe Kelechi. Udeme Dominic did not allow any suprises by winning Lawal Mubarak. Toyin Jegede lost again, this time to Emeka Owo as black.
Dark horses started emerging in round 3. This ones with perfect scores were Adebayo Akinniyi, Razaq Muftau, and Ojo john. Udeme Dominic also won his game to be on perfect score but he is no dark horse. Abimbola Osunfuyi began a furious try to catch up with leaders by beating Rotimi Iwaloye a sponsor of the event. Toyin Jegede finally managed to win a game by beating Tijani Deji.
In round 4, two of the dark horses met and Adebayo Akinniyi crushed Razaq Muftau as black. Ojo John the other dark horse lost to master player Udeme Dominic. Abimbola osunfuyi was able to beat Magnus Ekpiken as black maintaining his fight back for top place. Toyin Jegede woes continued as he lost to amateur player Giwa Oladotun. At the end of round 4 we took a break to visit Garry kasparov at Queens College.
After the one and half hour break to see Garry, round 5 resumed. A sole leader then emerged when Udeme won as black against Adebayo Akinniyi. Abimbola Osunfuyi continued his catch up fight by beating Ojo John. Toyin Jegede won the only female player in the event Yetunde Jimoh.
The event came to an end in round six. Because Udeme Dominic lost to resurgent Abimbola Osunfuyi, four person tied for first. They were Adebayo Akinniyi, Odiase Oluwaseun, Udeme Dominic and Abimbola Osunfuyi. The next edition is March 1.