The DANHYPRO Invitational Chess Tournament


The DANHYPRO Chess Invitational was Indeed a remarkable tournament by impartation, the invitational event had a total of 14 participants matched in a Scheveningen style team event, consisting of 7 players representing the juniors and 7 players representing the Non-juniors (non-juniors in this regard refers to players above the age of 20 years old and with substantial achievements in pro-chess).

Report by: Fasinu Tolulope

The Juniors Team was led by the 19-year-old Nigerian #43 seed, Eyetonghan Denyefa Callistus(2048), followed by the renowned Junior National champion and the 2021 TEMA Opens champion Okeke Issac(2041), and the list continues with Okemakinde Toluwanimi(1889), Olisa Tennyson(1845), Ekunke Odey Goodness, Akinbodewa Adebayo(1479), Matan Adebayo Oludayo

Photo Credit: David Adebowale

The average rating for the junior team was 1615, but of course, the objective of the event was to help develop Junior chess in the areas of ratings and more importantly, experience.

Photo Credit: David Adebowale

The Non-Junior team consist of the likes of

1Ajele Rotimi2125
2Edet Udeme2180
3Lapite Oluwadurotimi2157
4Eluekezie Chukwuwikeh2091
5CMOnokpite Kennedy2156
6FMOnovughe Ochuko Emmanuel2146
7Akagha Tochukwu2091
Photo Credit: David Adebowale

The first day of the tournament was a very fun and impressive one with the first round ending 3-4 In the favor of the Non-Juniors.

Board Pairings

Round 1 on 2021/03/12 at 10.30am
Bo.1  JuniorsRtg2  Non JuniorsRtg3 : 4
1.1Eyetonghan, Denyefa Callistus2048Ajele, Rotimi21251 – 0
1.2Okeke, Issac2041Edet, Udeme2180½ – ½
1.3Okemakinde, Toluwanimi1889Lapite, Oluwadurotimi21570 – 1
1.4Olisa, Tennyson1845Eluekezie, Chukwuwikeh2091½ – ½
1.5Ekunke, Odey Goodness0CMOnokpite, Kennedy21560 – 1
1.6Matan, Adebayo Oludayo0FMOnovughe, Ochuko Emmanuel2146½ – ½
1.7Akinbodewa, Adebayo1479Akagha, Tochukwu2091½ – ½
Photo Credit: David Adebowale

The most notable results of the first round are the games of Matan, Adebayo Oludayo vs Fide Master Onovughe, Ochuko Emmanuel.

We could say the non-Juniors were caught off-guard on the first round… Or maybe the Juniors did bring their A-Games. But as the final standing of the tournament shows, the young stars did brought their A-Games… As a result of the tournament, we should be expecting to produce an African #1 rated U14 player come April…

Team-Composition with round-results

Photo Credit: David Adebowale
  1. Non Juniors (RtgAvg:2135, TB1: 32,5 / TB2: 12)
1Ajele Rotimi2125NGR850299401111004,071615
2Edet Udeme2180NGR8503125½1½11116,071615
3Lapite Oluwadurotimi2157NGR85036481½111105,571615
4Eluekezie Chukwuwikeh2091NGR8503966½½010013,071615
5CMOnokpite Kennedy2156NGR8503486111½1116,571615
6FMOnovughe Ochuko Emmanuel2146NGR8501424½111½½04,571615
7Akagha Tochukwu2091NGR8505497½10½0103,071615
  2. Juniors (RtgAvg:1615, TB1: 16,5 / TB2: 2)
1Eyetonghan Denyefa Callistus2048NGR851146210000½12,572135
2Okeke Issac2041NGR8508526½½1½½014,072135
3Okemakinde Toluwanimi1889NGR85085340½001102,572135
4Olisa Tennyson1845NGR8511390½00½0012,072135
5Ekunke Odey Goodness0NGR851188800100001,072135
6Matan Adebayo Oludayo0NGR8512191½0000101,572135
7Akinbodewa Adebayo1479NGR8511381½0½01013,072135

Report by: Fasinu Tolulope


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