Nigerian Chess Master Tunde Onakoya Sets Guinness World Record for Longest Marathon Chess


Nigerian chess prodigy, Tunde Onakoya, has etched his name in history by setting a new Guinness World Record for the longest marathon chess, surpassing the previous record held by Norwegian players.

Onakoya confirmed the remarkable achievement via his official X account, expressing gratitude and determination to push the boundaries further. The marathon, currently underway at New York City’s iconic Times Square, has already exceeded the 56-hour mark, setting a new benchmark in the realm of chess endurance.

Breaking the previous record of 56 hours and 9 minutes set by Norwegian players in 2018, Onakoya’s feat aims not only to secure a place in the record books but also to raise funds and awareness for educating underprivileged children across Africa through his foundation, Chess in Slums Africa.

Joined by his US counterpart, Shawn Martinez, Onakoya embarked on this challenge with a clear mission to advocate for educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Martinez, a respected New York City chess legend and coach, adds to the formidable duo seeking to make a lasting impact beyond the chessboard.

The record attempt, requiring a team effort and unwavering determination, highlights the power of collaboration and perseverance in pursuing noble causes. With each move on the chessboard, Onakoya and Martinez symbolize the resilience and resolve needed to effect positive change in communities across Africa.

Amidst the marathon session, notable figures including President Bola Tinubu, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and musicians Davido and Adekunle Gold have rallied behind Onakoya, offering their support and encouragement for his groundbreaking endeavor.


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