As Christians all over the world celebrated Easter, history was made on Monday, April 2, 2018 as the chess community in Nigeria witnessed the first ever live broadcast of a chess match in Nigeria. This feat was achieved by Chess Pro Tour as she organized the Easter Brawl, a match between IM Olufemi Balogun and Miss Torishemuwa Ofowino which was transmitted live on ASENTV, Africa Sports Entertainment and News Network Television Facebook page.
The uniqueness of chess as a non-gender sensitive game was once again demonstrated during the Easter Brawl as a battle of the sexes. Miss Torishemuwa Ofowino spoke with ASENTV before the first leg which held on Saturday 30 th March 2018 at the theatre styled venue, First Square Hall of Orchid hotel and event center Lekki, the 2018 official Hotel and venue partner.
“I have looked forward to playing against IM Femi Balogun in a competitive match and this event gives me the opportunity to beat him”.
The first leg which live broadcast witnessed technical hitches ended quickly as the soft spoken IM Oluwafemi Balogun who played against GM Magnus Carlson, the current world champion at the 2017 Chess World Chess in Georgia successfully proved his mettle being the strongest male player in Nigeria currently. The spectators at the event included Mr. Dan Foster of Inspiration FM, Rev Jonathan Odega, Chairman Orchid Hotel.
The rematch took place on Monday, April 2, 2018 at the studio of ASENTV and streamed via LiveFacebook video. The match was a rapid chess game with a time control of 20 minutes plus 10 seconds. Toristemuwa playing white started her game with 1.d4 move with black …Nf6 and the game proceeded with 2. C4 e6 3.g3 d5 4. Ng3 c6 5. Bg2 and Black responded with a pawn capture on …dxc4 6. 0-0 Nd7 7. a4 a5 …. White was adjudged to have lost on time by the match arbiter and technical director, IA Ogbonnaya obinna.
The successful Live streaming and broadcast of the chess match offered opportunity to
many lovers of chess to follow the event from their homes and mobile devices.
The Chess Pro Tour is an elite program packaged to revolutionize the chess industry in Nigeria by offering chess as a televised sport content and professionalize the sport. The Tour comprises four circuits; Players Championship, Premiere League, Board War (a Masters’ Series) and the Grand Slam. Eight qualifiers will be held annually to determine the 32 players to receive tour cards. At the close of the annual tour the 10 least ranked players shall be dropped from the tour.
1.d4 Nf6 2. C4 e6 3.g3 d5 4. Ng3 c6 5. Bg2 dxc4 6. 0-0 Nd7 7. a4 a5 8. Na3 BxNa3 9. Ra3 0-0 10. Qc2 b5 11. Nfe5 Nfe5 12. dxNe5 Nd5 13. Rd1 Qb6 14. Ra1 Bb7 15. Qe4 c3 16. Qc2 cxb2 17. Bxb2 Rc8 19. Qb3 Rfd8 20. Bc3 c5 21. Bf1 Qb6 22. Qa4 Bxe4 23. Rd8+ Qb6 x Rd8 24. Qxa5 Qxa5 25. Ra5 h6 26. Ra7 Nd5 27. Ra3 Rb8 0 – 1