As part of activities to mark the international chess day, Bamboo Towers Chess Club is set to organise aone-day competition tagged ‘Rapid Chess tournament’ at the Conoil Complex, Amusement Park, Bodija,Ibadan.Chairman, Ibadan.
League whois also the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) Bamboo Towers Chess Club, Mr Ayo Iredele, said the tournament is strictly for U16 chess players.
“The tournament is being held in commemoration of the international chess day which takes place on July 20 every year.
However, this year’s tournament coincides with the Sallah festivities, thus has to be shifted to Saturday, July 24.
“The event is also part of the ChessLeague’s efforts at creating awareness of chess in the state,” he said adding the Chess League in conjuction with the Oyo State Chess Association and the Oyo State Sports Council has done a lot in taking the game to greater heights in the state.
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“A key objective is to encourage children to play chess as it has been proven to help with child’s development in the area of pattern recognition, critical thinking, logical reasoning, concentration and problem solving,” Iredele added.
He stated that Nigeria’s foremost player, Fide Master (FM) Adegboyega Adebayo and Nigeria’s current female national champion, Woman FIDE Master (WFM) Deborah Akintoye, would be on the ground to educate the participants on the game.