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58 hours in the game/ Nigerian breaks chess record, aims for Guinness prize

2024-04-20 14:47:00, Kuriozitete CNA
58 hours in the game/ Nigerian breaks chess record, aims for Guinness prize
Tunde Onakoya

Under the bright lights of New York's Times Square, Nigerian chess master Tunde Onakoya has broken the record for the longest chess marathon.

He was able to play for 58 hours straight. Onakoya hopes to raise $1m (£805,000) for charity to support chess education for millions of children, the BBC reports. 

Hundreds of supporters from the city's Nigerian community have turned out to cheer on the chess master, including Nigerian Afrobeats star Davido.

The previous world record, recognized by Guinness World Records, was 56 hours, nine minutes and 37 seconds, which was set by Norwegian duo Hallvard Haug Flatebo and Sjur Ferkingstad in 2018.

Onakoya, 29, credits chess with saving him from the grinding poverty he faced growing up in Lagos' notorious slums.
Onakoya is also a board member of the American non-profit organization The Gift of Chess, which works to transform lives through chess./ CNA 

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