The Chess Pro tour will entering a crucial stage with the commencement of the Masters’ Series (a.k.a Battle of the Titans) event between FM Olufemi Balogun and IM Oladapo Adu, Former Nigerian national Championship which will be holding in Orchid Hotels and Event Center Lekki on the 12th May, 2018.
Amongst the notable achievement of the seasoned FM Olufemi Balogun with a 2255 FIDE ratng, a Chess Pro Tour Card holder and highest ranked on the Pro Tour ranking is the only African or Nigerian to play against a current world champion. Olufemi Balogun lost his match against Magnus Carlson, current FIDE World Champion in a reversed fixture match during the 2017 Fide World Cup.
IM Oladapo Adu, with a 2273 FIDE rating and former national champion has represented Nigeria in many Olympiad. Adu qualified to play in the 31st Chess Olympiad in Moscow and became the Nigerian national champion in 1995. Adu qualified for the 32nd Chess Olympiad, but Nigeria withdrew due to lack of resources. He has since played in further Olympiads for Nigeria, including the 33rd Chess Olympiad. In 2015, Adu qualified for the Chess World Cup 2015, being knocked out in the first round by Veselin Topalov.
The Pro chess Tour is an elite program developed to transform chess into a professional sport in Africa especially Nigeria. The tour comprises of the following circuit of events; Q-SCHOOL, OPEN CHESS CLASSICS (OCC), Premiere League, Masters’ Series, Grand Slam. It is organized by FIJI Ventures Limited in partnership with Orchid Hotels and Events Center, Afro Chess, Chess Players Association of Nigeria and African Sports Entertainment And News Network Television.