International Master Bunmi Olape who won the maiden edition of the Millionaire Chess championship is defending the title in the second edition which began on Wednesday.
Olape was part of the galaxy of chess stars that participated in the main event held Las Vegas last October will no doubt have stiff opposition from the emerging rank of players who are aiming to dislodge the old order.
The 2nd edition has attracted all the notable chess players in line for participation at the Chevron Recreational Center, Gbagada Lagos. As expected, it will be a fierce battle among the top ranked players to pick the sole winner of an all-expense paid trip to USA and participate at the forth coming Millionaire Chess Open in Atlantic City USA in October.
“It was a unique experience last year in Las Vegas and I will be glad if I can win again but knowing fully well that the road to glory just like in the last edition will be tough but I am equal to the task,” Olape responded in a telephone interview last night.
Top players like International Master Oladapo Adu, Bomo Kigigha, Abimbola Osunfuyi, Daniel Anwuli, Adeyinka Adesina, Ochuko Emuakpeje, Adebayo Adegboyega, Ademola Sorungbe are among players likely to be part of the event.
According to the President of Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF), Mr. Lekan Adeyemi, “the event is an initiative of Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) which also intends to put promising chess players on the continent to play at tournament on the global level aside the regular World Chess Olympiad and annual World Chess Championships,” he remarked.
However, only players registered with African Chess Federations are eligible to win the satellite ticket to the Millionaire Chess Open in Atlantic City which will come up from 6th-10th October this year.
Aside the main event, there are also side tournaments such as top two finishers in the youth category will qualify to represent Nigeria at the World youth 2016 Russia and African youth 2016 South Africa but the players need to be members of Nigeria Chess Federation prior to 10th July 2016 in order to be eligible as well as chess prizes.
In the prize list made available last night, the second placed player will receive a cash prize of N50, 000 just as N40, 000, N30, 000 and N20, 000 would be available for other winners respectively.
Consolation reward of N10, 000 each to 6th-10th placed winners are on the card just as Best Lady will receive a cash prize of N30,000 and N20, 000 for runner up while best junior player will take home N10,000

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