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THE NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP OF NIGERIA: HISTORY IN THE MAKING

The 2021 National Chess Championship of Nigeria (NCC) which was hosted by Orchid-Lekki Chess Club (OLCC) on behalf of the Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF), came to an end on November 14 with many players, participants, journalists and stakeholders describing it as the biggest and best chess event ever organised in Nigeria. Seven billboards across Lagos; back to back interviews on multiple television and radio stations; and reports on online platforms and social media handles, gave the event unprecedented publicity. No other chess championship in Nigeria has ever had a prize fund of N12.1 million and none has ever given the top winner as much as N1.5m as was the case in this NCC. The 20 invited players in the elite category all received honorarium with the least in the male category being N300,000. That is the entire prize fund of many chess tournaments in Nigeria. The 20 elite players were also lodged with food provided at Orchid Hotel, a Lekki based four star hotel and home of Orchid-Lekki Chess Club.


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