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Guinness World Record: 16 hours in, Nigerian Onakoya remains undefeated in chess marathon

Renowned chess master Tunde Onakoya is on a mission to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon, which currently stands at an impressive 58 hours. His marathon began at New York City’s iconic Times Square on Wednesday, April 17, and is set to conclude on April 19.

During the first 16 hours of his marathon, Onakoya has demonstrated exceptional skill, winning every match he has played, including against formidable opponents like New York’s National Chess Master, Shawn Martinez.

Onakoya’s manager, Taiwo, also known as “OgaBoxx,” shed light on the demanding nature of the challenge. Following 15 hours of continuous play against 12 opponents, Onakoya adhered to the rules by taking a 30-minute accumulated break.

This break schedule helps him maintain focus and stamina throughout the marathon. Additionally, Onakoya is simultaneously engaged in two sets of games, with strict instructions not to lose any matches in either set.

Only his match against Shawn Martinez is considered valid for the record attempt, while his simultaneous play against random opponents in the second set serves for engagement purposes.

Despite the challenge’s demands, Onakoya’s determination remains unwavering. He invites chess enthusiasts in New York City to participate, regardless of whether they are involved in the official record attempt.

The event has garnered significant attention and support from the Nigerian community abroad, with many rallying behind Onakoya’s historic endeavor.

Encouraging messages have poured in from various Nigerian dignitaries, including Vice President Kashim Shettima, former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, and Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Additionally, both the US Mission Nigeria and UK in Nigeria have extended their best wishes to Onakoya, underscoring the international significance of his record-breaking feat.

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