Former national champion wins Nigeria Open Chess Championship

Ochuko Emuakpeje won with an eight point lead at the nine-round Swiss event pairing, which held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos

Ochuko Emuakpeje

Five years after winning the 33rd Nigerian Breweries Open Chess Championship, Ochuko Emuakpeje return this year to emerge top from the pool of top players at the 38th edition.

The Delta State born Chess player went clear with eight points at the nine-round Swiss event pairing, which held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

He was well on his way to victory before the half way mark and even a defeat to former champion, Bomo Kigigha in the fifth round could not stop him.

Victory over Edet Udeme in the third round and Abimbola Osunfuyi in the fourth, got him in a strong position.

He won the sum of N1m as a result of his win.

Kigigha who did not lose any match but suffered many draw games placed second with 7.5 points and won for himself N500,000 while Daniel Anwuli was third with seven point to bag N250,000. In other categories of play, Adejoh Joshua came top with seven points in the Open section and won for himself N250,000 while Damilare Akinwamide was second with 6.5 points and won N100,000. It was three-way tie for third position with six points each by Tunde Onakoya, Joma Crim and Lolomari George.

Emuakpeje taught himself to play Chess in 1999 and after winning the Nigerian Breweries Open Chess Championshi in 2010, he became a Federation Internationale De Echecs (FIDE) Instructorin June 2012 and in December (2014) he got a new FIDE rating of 2114.

He has the Chess titles of National Master (NM) and FIDE Instructor ( FI ).

He participated in several opens category tournaments of the Nigerian Breweries Championships in Lagos before he started playing in the (Masters Category) highest level in Nigerian Chess.

He is currently a Chess Coach with Delta State Sport Commission.

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