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Congratulations all, we are now in 2014! May this year be one of joy and advancement to everyone of us. The last Chess Heights Congress of 2013 took place in July. As we didn’t report it at the time we felt that this New Year is a good time to give you the gist as we continue to fine tune our site for greater service.
The congress was the third in a bi-monthly series that started in March. It offered players the opportunity to fight for FIDE rapid rating. The first one made history as Nigeria first FIDE rated rapid chess tournament. This third one was not much publicized but still managed to attract 50 players.
However there was only one FIDE rated player for the edition in the person of FM Olamide Ajibowo. There were a host of formidable players at the event including Abdulrahman Abdulraheem who came all the way from Ilorin, Akinwamide Oluwadamilare who is called Einstein by his engineering colleagues, Femi Balogun whose rise in Nigeria chess was meteoric, and Fawole Oyeyemi who has now become Nigeria’s national chess champion.
The games began with round 1 seeing a draw between Fabeyo Frederick and FM Ajibowo. Abdulrahman, Akinwamide and Fawole all won their game. Femi Balogun shockingly lost to Efoagui Ogugua.
Round 2 saw the unorthodox Daniel Korede losing to Abdulraheem. Akinwamide also continued winning while Fawole drew with the competent Samuel Robert. Fm Ajibowo once again drew his game. A notable performer at this stage was Adegbayi Oluwadara who was on perfect score despite coming from a 1 year tournament hiatus.
Round 3 saw Abdulraheem drawing the slippery Nnubia Ugochukwu while Adegbayi Oluwadara continued to impress with a victory over Nwanna Eugene. Akinwamide beat team mate Odiase Oluwaseun while Fawole beat blitz maestro Fabeyo Frederick. Olamide Ajibowo was finally able to get a win over the person of Charles Ejorh.
Contenders began being separated from pretenders in round 4. Dennis Ogbogho came into limelight with a win over Adegbayi Oluwadara to jointly lead the tournament with Akinwamide Oluwadamilare who beat Udeme Dominic. Fawole dashed Abdulraheem’s hopes by taking the full point in their game. FM Ajibowo also picked up the full point against Magnus Ekpiken to start an assault on the top places.
Matters gathered to a head in round 5 when the tournament leaders could not defeat each other leaving their top position unchanged but being joined by Fawole who destroyed FM Ajibowo’s rally. Dennis Ogbogho, Akinwamide and Fawole now had 4.5 at the end of round 5.
There was a shake up in round 6 because Fawole drew Akinwamide to give both 5 out of 6 therefore ceding leadership to Dennis who beat Chike Aniunoh.
The end came in round 7 of course. Dennis Ogbogho drew with Samuel Robert hence tying as tournament leader with Fawole and Akinwamide who both won their games.
The prize winners in the event in order of position after Bucholz tie-break was as follows:
1. Fawole John Oyeyemi 6pts
2. Dennis Ogbogho 6pts
3. Akinwamide Olujwadamilare 6pts
4. Samuel Robert 5.5pts
5. Adegbayi Oluwadara 5pts
6. Diran Ogungbola 5pts
7. FM Olamide Ajibowo 5pts
8. Chike Aniunoh 5pts
9. Balogun Oluwafemi 5pts
10. Fabeyo Frederick 4.5pts
11. Dieyi Roland 4.5pts
12. Daniel Korede 4.5pts
13. Abdulrahman Abdulraheem 4.5pts
Further details of the tournament result can be found at http://chess-results.com/tnr105847.aspx?lan=1