Onakoya to Face 11-Year-Old Quickpen in Historic Chess Match


Tunde Onakoya, a Nigerian chess genius and Guinness World Record holder for the longest marathon chess game, is set to compete against Deborah Quickpen in a highly anticipated chess match on June 11 in Lagos. The match aims to promote education and unlock the potential of children across the country. Onakoya described the upcoming three-hour match against the 12-year-old women’s candidate master as his “hardest match yet.”


Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman and CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), commended Yemi Edun, CEO of Daniel Ford International, UK, for organising the extraordinary chess match. Dabiri-Erewa highlighted that such initiatives encourage Nigerians in the diaspora to contribute meaningfully back home. She expressed confidence that the event would be a resounding success and significantly contribute to the growth of chess in Nigeria, especially in supporting chess initiatives in slums.


Quickpen is ranked number 4 globally in the under-12 category, number 3 in Africa, and number 1 in Nigeria. Onakoya holds the Guinness World Record for the longest marathon chess game. The chess competition is organised by Daniel Ford International, a UK-based real estate and property conglomerate, in collaboration with NiDCOM.

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