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IDSDP invitational chess tournament ends in Benin City

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As part of activities marking International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP), an invitation chess tournament was recently held in Benin City. This event, which was coordinated by Princess Omoyemwen Adeyinka-Afolabi was powered by three Nigerian NGOs (Heritage and Sports Colony Limited, Life and Chess Club, and CSED Initiative).

30 participants competed for honours in the primary school, secondary school, and senior categories, with five chess officials on hand to officiate at the tournament.

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Director at the Ministry of Education Mrs Adeola Oboro, and Adebayo Ilaboya, an international chess arbiter also attended the event that aims at using chess to promote peace in the society as well as introduce the game of chess to the younger generation, especially the girl child.

At the end of the event, the winners were presented with medals, trophies, a certificate of attendance, a small cash prize, and 15 new chess boards were presented to the primary and secondary school students.

Some of the participants at this tournament expressed their gratitude to the tournament organisers for giving them the platform to compete in such an ‘athlete friendly’ event.

The participants commended the tournament organisers for providing them with refreshment and ensuring that it was held in compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines. Given the success of this IDSDP invitational chess tournament, the tournament Coordinator and the three NGOs that sponsored this event intend to hold a bigger tournament on IDSDP day in 2022.

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