*Labake Coker, Peace Sampson, Assa Oluwaseun, Vivian Dzaayem crushed
Dominant national female champion, Toritshemuwa Ofowino, has emerged as the winner of the First Lady’s Chess tournament organised for all female chess players in the country.
The one-week event, which was held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan was sponsored by one of the legion of the brain game from USA, Mr. Ayo Oguntuase, is in honour of the wife of the President of Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF), Mrs. Adebola Adeyemi, to raise the gender awareness of the game in the country, had the dominant female star maintained her status among her peers.
The tournament which was a combination of Swiss and knockout pairing had Ofowino lead the pack till round five with 3.5 points to move into the money spinning knockout phase starting with the quarter final stage alongside Labake Coker, Peace Sampson, Assa Oluwaseun, Vivian Dzaayem, Deborah Akintoye, Doris Adebayo and Nkem Omishogbon.
While Ofoniwo edged out veteran Dzaayem, former national female champion, Coker proved better against Sampson just as Akintoye won against Omishogbon and Adebayo lost to Assa.
In the semi final setting, it was a clash of the former and current female champions as Ofoniwo had to dig deep to edge out Coker in 1.5-1.0 result just as Akintoye was better in the other semi final match against Assa before the dominant chess star in the final match in a grand style before a large chess enthusiast present at venue and thousands who followed the daily live streaming of the cerebral sport online.
In his closing remarks, the NCF President, Mr. Lekan Adeyemi, commended the sponsor, Mr. Oguntuase, for coming to the aid of the federation in the development and promotion of the game in the country. He advised all the participants not to limit their chess prowess at playing against each other but needs to play in the stronger pool of men as a step towards international domination.
Cash prizes were given out to all the winners in the main event and those who continued to complete the Nine-round Swiss event.