Nigerian Chess Master Onakoya Begins 58-hr Marathon For GWR In New York

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Nigerians abroad have come out to support renowned chess master, Tunde Onakoya, as he embarked on a mission to surpass the exisiting Guinness World Record (GWR) for the longest chess marathon.

Onakoya announced the commencement of the marathon via his X account (formerly Twitter) with the caption, “Game time” on Wednesday.

He also wrote, “We haven't even started yet and Nigerians are already trooping into camp out with me.”


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

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.

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

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

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