International Schools Chess League Begins As NCF Prepares For Nigeria Open

 International Schools Chess League Begins As NCF Prepares For Nigeria Open

The 12th International Schools Chess League organised by the Nigeria Chess Federation commenced at the weekend at Queen’s College, Lagos with over 20 schools in attendance.

According to the NCF, the National Friends of Chess tourney held in September 29, International Schools Chess, MGi Chess, Scrabble and Draught tournaments slated for November 2 to 5 and the First Flaming Knights Chess Challenge (Fide Rated) to take place from November 9 to 12 are tournaments organised to prepare the federation for the forthcoming Nigeria Chess Open Championship, which date is yet to be announced.
NCF Media Officer, Babatunde Ogunsiku said yesterday that the organisation was planning to bring the world’s best players to contest in the Nigeria Chess Open, adding that the International Schools Chess League, which has been running for 11 years, is another programme aimed at discovering talents in schools.

He disclosed that in the last edition, Kings College won the senior section while Queens College clinched the junior section, adding that at the just concluded Friends of Chess Championship, International Master-elect, Femi Balogun and Fide Master, Osunfuyi Abimbola gave a good account of themselves as they secure a tie.The Schools International Chess League will end on November 11 at Grange School G.RA, Ikeja.

Tolani Giwa

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