Checkmate! Nigerian Chess Master Tunde Onakoya sets a New Guinness World Record for The Longest Chess Marathon

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Renowned Nigerian chess player Tunde Onakoya has made history by breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest marathon chess game. Achieving this remarkable feat in the early hours of Saturday, April 20, 2024, Onakoya surpassed the previous record of 56 hours, 9 minutes, and 37 seconds set by Norwegians Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad on November 11, 2018.


Despite already securing a new record, Onakoya remains determined to extend his gameplay beyond 58 hours without conceding a single match. Expressing his excitement on his X account, Onakoya confirmed the achievement, stating, “We have done it.” He further announced his ambitious plan to push for an additional two hours, emphasizing his commitment to raising funds for the education of underprivileged African children.


Onakoya’s marathon chess session serves as a platform to raise awareness and funds for his foundation, Chess in Slums Africa, dedicated to providing educational opportunities to disadvantaged children across the continent. Partnering with US National Master Shawn Martinez, a renowned New York City chess legend and coach, the event features a dynamic duo aiming to secure the title for the longest continuous chess game.


In a statement issued by Chess in Slums Africa, the challenge requires a collaborative effort, with both Onakoya and Martinez striving to make a lasting impact on the lives of African youth. Notable figures, including President Bola Tinubu, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and musicians Davido and Adekunle Gold, have expressed their support for Onakoya’s philanthropic initiative, highlighting the widespread recognition and admiration for his record-breaking endeavor.

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