All stood still as unstoppable Inimo makes a statement over the board on Saturday the 10th of October, 2020 as he hits the spot for the 3rd consecutive time. Little wonder the fans love him.
The Bayelsa state chess association in its 4th consecutive monthly chess championship on Saturday witnessed massive applaud in its readiness to put the noble sport on the global map. Even though turnout wasn’t as that of the September edition, players were out in their very best to make statements for themselves.
Lets give you a breakdown of how events unfolded on Saturday….
1. It is not news that Inimo Kigigha is now a terror to behold month after month. Who can stop him? Though teed up on points in the September edition, he proved himself to be much stronger after a month with an outstanding finish with 8.5 points in 9 games. Who does that? He is the champion for the October month.
2. Last weekend’s blitz champion Bomo Kigigha was pretty unlucky this weekend, after all, it is not a speed lane contest. This is rapid! After dropping a point to the month’s champion, fought hard to clinch unto the 2nd position with a massive 8 points in 9 games. Close one though, but not enough.
3. The 3rd position was keenly contested and it must be in the record that the young have grown. Glad Yakie is now a force to reckon with these days in Bayelsa. In an interview with Bomo 2nd place winner, he added “Glad Yakie has a style of play that’s capable of upsetting the unprepared master”… The in-form medical student of Niger Delta University has made for himself a name that’s above every opens player. He finished 3rd overall with a better tiebreaker, therefore, he is the 3rd best and the opens champion for the October edition with 6.5points in 9 games. Double congrats buddy. We heart you!
4. Just as mentioned above, Glad Yakie picks up the gold medal and becomes the best opens player for the first time.
5. 2nd place winner in the opens category is one player too many names. Playing chess for leisure has always been part of him and seems to be paying off lately. Mr. Bibo Lambert the head of Bayelsa state sports council department has proved the critics wrong by this time, yet again taking part in the loot after smiling home last weekend with the blitz 1st prize. Scoring 6 points in 9 games, he hung the silver medal home.
6. The bronze medal and 3rd place went home with Mr. Gift Ekie. This is one player with a sharp and direct style of play. Underrate him at your own peril. He finished 6points out of 9 games. Congratulations to him.
In other news…..
The mother of chess-Bayelsa, Mrs. Rachael Dappa for the umpteenth time has no contender, all the other females seem to bow at her presence when it comes to the 64 squares. With 5 points in 9 games, she is the best female.
Kere Alagoa who has been elevated to the opens category has left a big shoe to fill, can the patient Marvelous Innocent fill-in? All seems rosy as 12yr old Marvelous Innocent makes the headline yet again as he proves Kere’s absence in the junior category wouldn’t be missed. He grabs the loot and the gold medal for this month.
1st runner-up though with a better tiebreaker is Shine Ekperi while Hector Godswill settles for the bronze all with 6 points out of 9 games.
That’s all for the month of October.
A big thanks to Engr. Emmanuel Opigo for gracing the closing ceremony with words of encouragement and giving us a broader view of the game. We say thank you to our esteemed sponsors and lovers of the game. Gens Una Sumus.