The Chess Heights Plateau Monthly tournament held in July 2023 was an unforgettable event that showcased the remarkable chess talent in the region. The tournament took place at No 1b Lady Fatima, Atiku Street, Rayfield, Jos and attracted a staggering 47 participants competing across various categories, including Open, Ladies, Under 14, and Under 10. With half of the participants possessing their FIDE IDs, the tournament promised to be a display of exceptional skill and intense competition.
Architect Salihu Bala Reigns Supreme in the Open Category:
In the highly competitive Open category, Architect Salihu Bala emerged as the undisputed champion. Bala’s outstanding performance was marked by an astonishing streak of victories, winning all rounds and amassing a perfect score of 6 points. His strategic brilliance and unwavering focus allowed him to outmaneuver each opponent, cementing his position as a force to be reckoned with in the chess community. The second, third, fourth, and fifth positions resulted in a tie on points, with Yakubu Daniel Musa, Ezeadireje Kingsley, Keyi Lucky Musa, and Kadun Solomon Ishaya all securing 5 points in a display of fierce competition.
Naomi Musa Monday Shines in the Ladies Category:
In the Ladies category, Naomi Musa Monday displayed exceptional skill and determination. Despite facing early setbacks with losses in the first and second rounds, she showcased her resilience and bounced back with remarkable victories in the remaining rounds. Monday’s skillful maneuvers and astute decision-making earned her a total of 4 points, securing her position as the reigning champion of the Ladies category. Her impressive performance demonstrated her mastery of the game and her ability to thrive under pressure. Ijai Adarju and Agwom Deborah also displayed notable performances, securing the second and third positions, respectively.
Danjuma David, Adima Bernice, and Afolabi Praise Shine in Under 14 Category:
The Under 14 category witnessed an intense battle of young chess prodigies. Danjuma David emerged as the winner, showcasing remarkable talent and strategic prowess. With a total of 3 points, David’s stellar performance earned him the gold medal. Adima Bernice secured the second position, showcasing impressive skills and earning a silver medal. Afolabi Praise displayed determination and skill, securing the third position in the category with a total of 3 points. These young players demonstrated great potential and represented the future of chess in the region.
Udoh Joethan, Afolabi Kehinde David, and Afolabi Taiye David Excel in Under 10 Category:
The Under 10 category witnessed fierce competition among budding chess enthusiasts. Udoh Joethan emerged as the victor, showcasing exceptional talent and determination. With 2.5 points, Joethan’s strategic brilliance earned him the top spot in the category. Afolabi Kehinde David secured the second position, displaying promising skills and earning recognition for his efforts. Afolabi Taiye David secured the third position with a total of 2 points, further highlighting the depth of talent in the young chess players.
An Event Filled with Dedication and Talent:
The Chess Heights Plateau Monthly July 2023 tournament was a testament to the dedication and talent of the participants. The immense skill and strategic thinking displayed by the players captivated the spectators, leaving them in awe throughout the event. The tournament served as a platform for chess enthusiasts to showcase their abilities, and the participants seized the opportunity with enthusiasm and passion.
With the resounding success of the Chess Heights Plateau Monthly July 2023 tournament, anticipation is high for the next edition. Chess enthusiasts eagerly await the opportunity to witness the growth and development of the region’s chess community