Tunde Onakoya Breaks World Record in 60-Hour Chess Marathon


Tunde Onakoya has wonderfully marked a groundbreaking achievement by surpassing the previous world record for the longest chess marathon (56 hours, 9 minutes, 57 seconds set by Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad of Norway, in November 2019)! Originally aiming for 58 hours of continuous play, Tunde Onakoya displayed extraordinary endurance and determination, pushing himself to an impressive 60-hour mark before concluding his incredible challenge in the heart of Times Square, New York City on the 19th of April, 2024.

The global spotlight has been shining brightly on Tunde Onakoya‘s record-breaking attempt, the global chess community united in support of the champion, with Nigerians worldwide providing steadfast encouragement for the visionary behind “Chess in Slums Africa.”

During his marathon, The Gift of Chess, a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the joy of chess, reported Onakoya’s determination to continue despite the physical discomfort. He faced a challenging moment when he experienced intense vomiting and stomach pain. Despite the adversity, he refused to yield, demonstrating his strength and dedication to his cause. The organization highlighted his commitment to playing on for the dreams of millions of children and called on supporters to contribute to the cause.

Onakoya‘s ultimate goal was to engage in uninterrupted play for 58 hours against his opponent Shawn Martinez, with the aim of raising substantial funds to empower children across Africa which he eventually achieved and dusted.
He tweeted via X, giving credit to his opponent for their strength throughout the games, acknowledging that the challenge would not have been possible without him.

The chess world celebrates Tunde Onakoya‘s extraordinary achievement, showcasing the enduring qualities of determination, passion, impacts and the positive influence of chess on society.


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