The IDSDP (International Day of Sport for Development and Peace) an invitation chess tournament was recently held in Benin City. The aim of the event as it was recently reported here on Bruvschess Media is to use chess to promote peace in the society and more importantly to introduce the game of chess to the younger generation, especially the girl child.
This event which was coordinated by Princess Omoyemwen Adeyinka-Afolabi was powered by three Nigerian NGOs (Heritage & Sports Colony Limited, Life and Chess Club, and CSED Initiative).
Five chess officials were present at the tournament to officiate. in attendance also were Mrs. Adeola Oboro (Director at the Ministry of Education) and Adebayo Ilaboya (an International chess arbiter).
30 participants competed for honors in the primary school, secondary school, and senior categories. At the end of the event, the winners of the matches were presented with medals, trophies, a certificate of attendance, cash prizes, and 15 new chess boards were presented to the primary and secondary school students.
Our correspondent at Bruvschess Media was also there to cover the event. Some of the participants at this tournament had expressed their gratitude to the tournament organizers for giving them the platform to compete in such an “athlete-friendly” event which was held at a serene venue.
The participants also commended the tournament organizers for providing them with refreshments and more importantly by ensuring that it was held in compliance with the Covid-19 guidelines of the Edo State Government.
Following the success of this IDSDP invitational chess tournament, the tournament Coordinator and other sponsors of the event intend to hold a bigger tournament on IDSDP day, in 2022.