IM Oladapo Adu is now ranked no 1 on the Chess Pro Tour after defeating IM Olufemi Balogun in the Battle of the Titans, a masters series event which held on the 26th of May, 2018 at the Four Square Hall, Orchid Hotels Lekki.

IM Oladapo Adu formerly based in the US, rated 2299 on the FIDE ranking is a former Nigerian national chess champion and has represented Nigeria in a lot of international chess events. He spoke to about what keeps him going;

“The Love for the game and most especially the opportunity to give back to the younger ones coming along. I think it is important that we tie the generation together. We have to bring about continuity”

Speaking about the pro tour, he said

“The pro tour is a very interesting concept for chess in Nigeria. It is an opportunity to put the out there for people to see what the game is about and they can come in and do one thing or the other”

About televised chess, he said

“I think it is a very good idea. It is actually the most needed break we need for chess. The good thing about the Pro Tour is that Nigeria is in the position to take this to another Level”.

While encouraging chess players to get involved, he said

“It is important for them to plug into this program. They have to look beyond the immediate gains of tournament wins. All those thing are very minute when you talk about the big picture. We are looking at a way where chess players can earn a living from chess. We also talking about administrators, arbiters etc”.

IM Balogun Olafemi rated 2278 on the FIDE ranking, played Magnus Carlsen in the round 1 of the 2017 Chess World cup and beat Toritsemuwa Ofiwino, the strongest female chess players in the Pro Tour Challenge Series. He spoke about he loss to Oladapo Adu with,

“It is a loss between two great players and international masters. So, it is more of competition than a loss”

The match with time control of 20minutes + 10s with  Femi Balogun playing white starting with the popular e4 moves and Adu respond with c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6  5. Nc3 Bd7  6. f3 Nc6  7. Be3 a6  8. Qd2 e6  9. g4 h6  10. O-O-O b5  11. Nxc6 Bxc6  12. a3 Be7  13. h4 d5  14. e5 Nd7  15. Bd4 b4  16. axb4 Bxb4  17. f4 Qa5  18. Kb1 Rb8   19. Rh3 Nb6  20. Qf2 Nd7  21. f5 Ba3  22. Nb5 Bxb2  23. Bxc5 Bxc5  24. Qe2 Rb6  25. Qd2 Qb4  26. Be2 a5  27. Na2 Qa3  28. Qc1 a4  29. Qxa3 Bxa3  30. Rc3 Ke7  31.  Rhb8  32. Rxc6 Rxc6  33. Rxa4 Bc5  34. Kb2 Rc7  35. c3 Bf2  36. fxe6 fxe6  37. g5 hxg5  38. hxg5 Bg3  39. Ra6 Bxe5  40. Bg4 Bd6  41. Nc1 Rbc8  42. Ne2 Rc6  43. Ra7+ R8c7  44. Ra8 Be5  45. Rg8 Kf7  46. Rh8 Bxc3+  47. Kb1 Be5   48. Bh5+ g6  49. Rh7+ Bg7  50. Bg4 Rc2  51. Nd4 Rc1+  52. Kb2 e5  53. Ne6    0-1

The match ended 0 – 1 in favour of Olapado Adu.

Current Tour Ranking

  1. Olapado Adu –
  2. Balogun Olufemi
  3. Ofiwino Toritsemuwa
  4. Adebayo Omonigho Doris


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