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April 17, 2024

Video: Onakoya begins 58-hour chess marathon in New York

Video: Onakoya begins 58-hour chess marathon in New York

Popular chess master, Tunde Onakoya, has begun his attempt to surpass the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon.

Onakoya announced the commencement via his X account with the caption, “Game time.”

The event, which is underway at New York City’s iconic Times Square, started at 10am on Wednesday, April 17, and is scheduled to end at 8pm on April 19.

Nigerians abroad have trooped to the venue to support Onakoya in his quest.

Among those out cheering Onakoya is Nigerian singer, Adekunle Kosoko, popularly known as Adekunle Gold.

Onakoya is set to engage in an intense chess marathon, aiming to play for 58 hours without a single defeat.

Onakoya had said he was embarking on the challenge “for the dreams of millions of children across Africa without access to education.”

The current Guinness World Record, set by Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad of Norway on November 11, 2018, stands at 56 hours, 9 minutes, and 37 second.

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