Christopher Cole wins Maiden Edition of Mars Arcade Chess Tournament Abuja


Mars Arcade Chess Tournament held yesterday 21st November, 2020 at Mars Arcade Lounge, King’s Plaza, Jahi, Abuja, the federal capital territory of Nigeria. 16 participants registered for the event. The tournament started at exactly 12 PM.

Christopher Cole (A Blitz Gold Medalist at the National Sports Festival 2004) trump others with a superlative performance thereby finishing the event with perfect score of 12/12.

Top Abuja Players who also registered for the event are: CM Job Atabor, Ijishakin Michael, Yinnalah Humphrey, Femi Iyanda and Adegbie Adesoji. Joshua Adejoh from Neighboring Kaduna state was also there present.

The standard tournament chess set couldn’t be used due to the size of tables, the management of Mars Arcade Lounge had to improvise and made available small sized magnetic chess boards.

It was a round robin format between 16 players in Quads. Two winners from each quads face each other in a two-legged Quarter Finals. At the end of the Quarter Finals, Ijishakin Michael and Christopher Cole made it to the finals.

Christopher Cole, Winner Maiden Edition Mars Arcade Chess Tournament. Prize: N50, 000 Photo Credit: Samson Osagie
Ijishakin Michael, 2nd Place- Mars Arcade Chess Tournament. Prize: N30, 000 Photo Credit: Samson Osagie
Adejoh Joshua, 3rd Place- Mars Arcade Chess Tournament. Prize: N20, 000 Photo Credit: Samson Osagie

Quarter Finals, Semi Final, Third Place and Final Results Provided by National Arbiter Samuel Ojikutu who was arbiter at the event.

Quarter Final

Christopher Cole – Yinnalah Humprey 2-0
Yemi Owowa – Ijishakin Michael 0-2
Adesoji Adegbie – Kabir Mukhtar 2-0
Adejoh Joshua – Job Atabor 3-1

Christoper Cole – Adejoh Joshua 2-0
Ijishakin Michael – Adegbie Adesoji 2-0

Third Place

Adejoh Joshua – Adegbie Adesoji 2-0


Christopher Cole – Ijishakin Michael 2-0

Participants recount their experience and everyone spoke highly of the event and organization, while the Management at Mars Arcade promise to have a bigger event for December 2020.

This event is sponsored by Mars Arcade And Organized by Mr. Samson Osagie. Many thanks to Mr. Ojikutu Samuel who arbitrated the tournament and Mr. Olayemi Ajibade for his advice, promotion and presence.


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