Victor Onyemuwa triumphs at Port Harcourt Monthly Rapid Chess Tournament


Victor Onyemuwa, Efe Omosohwofa, WFM Perpetual Ogbiyoyo, Emmanuella Trust, Amarachi Agiri and Kere Alagoa all shine at the Port Harcourt Monthly Rapid Chess Championship November 2020 Edition

Yesterday, the 21st of November had the collection of some of the best chess players in South-South Nigeria. 38 Chess players participated in the tournament with Four (4) FIDE title holders. Three FIDE Masters and a Woman FIDE Master in the Person of Perpetual Ogbiyoyo graced the event.

FIDE Master Bomo Kigigha rated 2320 was top seed of the tournament. He is a three time Nigeria National Chess Champion, two time Gold medalist at the National Sports Festival, Chess Olympian and current Coach of Bayelsa State Chess Association. Kigigha was the favorite to win the event as he had a good run and won the last Bayelsa state Monthly Rapid.

Top Seed Bomo Kigigha (White) versus Emmanuel Nwala (Black) had an interesting encounter

Ranked Number 2 was FIDE Master Abimbola Osunfuyi 2292 popularly known as Young GM. He is a member of the Oyo state Chess Team that won the Team Gold at the 2018 National sports festival, Abuja. Young GM has won several National tournaments and recently had an outstanding performance at the African Games in Rabat, Morocco. Full Report by Dr. Daaim Shabazz.

The Underdog, an Engineer, Victor Onyemuwa, rated 2043 defeated FM Abimbola Osunfuyi in the final round to clinch 1st Place with 6.5/7 points and won the Star prize in the Masters category.

FM Abimbola & Emmanuel Nwala Shared 2nd & 3rd Place

On the other hand, Efe Omosohwofa, a home based player swiftly drove home the Opens category 1st prize with 5/7 points.

Efe Omosohwofa won the Open’s category with 5/7

Three female players had to slug it out but tied on same point (4/7 points) at the end of the event. WFM Perpetual Ogbiyoyo, Emmanuella Trust and Amarachi Agiri shared 1st to 3rd place.

WFM perpetual Ogbiyoyo (Not in the picture), Amarachi Agiri and Emmanuella Trust Shared 1st-3rd place

Junior Player and top U-15 Bayelsan Player, Kere Alagoa continued to show dominance as he clinched 1st prize at Port Harcourt’s Monthly Rapid Chess U-15 category after holding a top player Emmanuel Nwala, President of Creekside Chess Club (CSCC) to a draw.

U-15 Winner Kere Alagoa slugging it out with Etuk-Akpan Leonard
Destiny Erheriene, Dr. Donald Onyekwere, Obele Koko and Bomo Kigigha Shared 4th Place

Click here for tournament results.

We want to thank all participants for turning up and making the November Edition of Port Harcourt Monthly Rapid Tournament Colorful

Special thanks to the Management of Silverblaze Hotels and Bar. ILOM Street, Woji, Port Harcourt.

And all Members of Creekside Chess Club (CSCC) for allowing Us Juicy J Ventures to use their space to host this tournament.

We also thank Naval Captain Musa Abdullahi (Rtd.) for Sponsoring the blitz event that was won by FM Bomo Kigigha and Lilly West.

Appreciation goes out to all our Sponsors, without you, we wouldn’t have Port Harcourt Monthly.

Mr Daniel Attiogbe
Gold Sponsor

Sir Ipalibo George
Silver Sponsor

Chief Barr. Joshua NYENGIEREFAKA
Bronze Sponsor

You all are amazing!

See you all at December Edition 2020

Sunny Eyenghe


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