Nigerian’s 60-hour chess marathon breaks record

Apr21,2024



Nigerian chess champion Tunde Onakoya appears to have broken it world record Managed to remain unbeaten for 60 hours at Times Square in New York City, for the longest chess marathon.
Onakoya, who is a child education advocate, bettered the Guinness World Record by more than 56 hours in an effort to raise funds for underprivileged children.
'I can't leave them'
When he achieved this feat on Friday night, the enthusiastic crowd cheered him.
“I can't express a lot of the emotions I feel at the moment. I don't have the right words for them. But I know we did something really remarkable,” he told AFP.
He said, “Last night at 3 o'clock, that was the moment when I was ready to leave everything.” “But Nigerians traveled from all over the world,” he said. “And they were with me all night.”
Onakoya said, “We were singing together, and they were dancing together, and I couldn't leave them.”
The 29-year-old chess supremo is hoping to raise $1 million (€937,500) children's education in Africa.
The record-setting attempt began on Wednesday and continued for 60 hours till 12:40 am on Saturday.
Tunde is the founder of Chess in the slums of Africa, The organization aims to support the education of at least 1 million children in slums across the continent.
'Nigeria's Resilience Hour' – Nigerian President
Nigerian President Bola Tinubu A statement congratulated Onakoya for “setting a new world chess record and trumpeting Nigeria's resilience, self-confidence and ingenuity.”

The Guinness World Records organization – the global authority on record-breaking achievements – has yet to comment publicly on Onakoya's attempt.
The current official record for the longest chess marathon is held by the Norwegians Hallvard Haug Flatebo and Sjur Farkingstad, who claimed the title in November 2018.



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