The 2021 FIDE Online Chess Olympiad kicked off on the 20th of August 2021 and is set to last until the 15th of September 2021.
With 155 registered teams, the 2021 FIDE Online Chess Olympiad is divided into 4 Divisions based on team rankings from Division 4 to Division 1 which is the top division.
According to FIDE, 60 teams, sectioned into 5 pools of 12, will battle in Division 4. Each pool will play a round-robin of eleven rounds, with the top three teams from each pool (15 total) qualifying for Division 3. This will be followed by Division 3 (50 teams), Division 2 (50 teams), and finally Division 1 (40 teams), the winners of which will be joining the seeded teams for the play-off stage.
Nigeria was represented at the 2021 FIDE Online Chess Olympiad by 12 team members under Division 3
Members of the team were: IM Adu Oladapo, FM Kigigha Bomo, Assa Oluwaseun, Samson Peace, Eyetonghan Denyefa Callistus, Pelomoh Jessica, Osunfuyi Abimbola, IMOlape Bunmi, IMOlape Bunmi, WFMOgbiyoyo Perpetual Eloho, Okemakinde Toluwanimi, and Okemakinde Toluwanimi. Accompanying the Nigerian team are Coach Obinna Ogbonnaya and Coach Austin Apemiye.
Unfortunately, after 9 rounds, team Nigeria could not proceed to the next stage.
Below are the results of the event.
2021 FIDE Online Olympiad Division 3 Pool C
Time control (Rapid): Game/15 + 5 seconds per move
Number of rounds: 9
Tournament type: Round robin for teams
Date: 2021/08/27 to 2021/08/29
A sum of 130 thousand Naira was raised from various donors to see to the success of the event. Donors are:
- Pedachess Academy (₦30,000).
- Awesome Chess Academy (₦20,000).
- Go for Nigeria Chess Grandmaster initiative (₦20,000).
- CPAN (₦20,000).
- Mr. Yinka Adewole (₦20,000).
- Mr. Ezinna Lovejoy. (₦20,000)
The 2021 FIDE Online Chess Olympiad continues until the 15th of September 2021. Best of luck to other teams that are still participating.