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10 Important Things To Know About Tunde Onakoya’s 58-Hour Chess Marathon



Nigerian Chess Master, Tunde Onakoya, on April 17, began his attempt to set a 58-hour chess marathon record.
The Chess in Slums founder had got best wishes from notable Nigerians including former vice president, Yemi Osinbajo and many other Nigerians.

The likes of Davido, Adekunle Gold has also visited him at TIME SQUARE.


Here are 10 things to know about Tunde Onakoya’s 58-Hour Chess Marathon:

  1. The marathon began at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, and is scheduled to conclude at 8 p.m. on April 19.
  2. Onakoya aims to play continuously for 58 hours without suffering a defeat.
  3. The marathon is currently underway at New York City’s iconic Times Square.
  4. The current record stands at 56 hours, 9 minutes and 37 seconds.
  5. Onakoya is using this record attempt to raise $1 million for his nonprofit organization Chess in Slums Africa.
  6. The $1 million fundraising target would allow Chess in Slums Africa to build a free chess academy and STEM innovation lab in Lagos that street children can access.
  7. Onakoya is calling on 1,000 donors to contribute and help him reach the $1 million goal through this 58-hour chess marathon
  8. The current record holders for the longest chess marathon are Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad from Norway, who played for 56 hours, 9 minutes, and 37 seconds.
  9. Tunde’s marathan attempt can be watched live on
  10. Afrobeats singer Davido also visited Tunde Onakoya after his performance at the maddison square garden.

We wish him all the best.

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