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 asentv.tv 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 asentv.tv,
“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
- Olapado Adu –
- Balogun Olufemi
- Ofiwino Toritsemuwa
- Adebayo Omonigho Doris