Deborah Quickpen, an 11-year-old chess prodigy from Africa and an athlete from Bayelsa, has secured the championship title in the recently concluded National Chess Championship.
She achieved this remarkable feat by accumulating 9.5 points, making her the youngest chess champion in Nigeria. This achievement surpasses the record set by Oluwatobi Olatunji, who won the championship at the age of 13, as reported by Daily Trust.
As a result of this accomplishment, both Quickpen and Oluwatobi will have the honor of representing Nigeria at the 2024 Africa Chess Championship in Egypt.
Additionally, in the U-16 category, another athlete from Bayelsa, Abner Quickpen, emerged as the top performer, while Treasure Ebiakpo secured the second position and Oyins Bayefa achieved third place in the U-10 category.
Bomo Kigigha also emerged winner for the 4th time in the men’s category ahead of Abiola Akinseye while another Bayelsan, Eyenghe Sunny, claimed the title of champion at the Masters category that had seven .ers including two International Masters, IM Aikhoje Odion, Lapite Opeoluwa, IM Okeke Isaac Chukwudalu, Koko Obele, Okonkwo Walter, Igolukumo Felix to lift the trophy.
Bayelsa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Dr Daniel Igali, while receiving the victorious chess team upon their return to Yenagoa, the state capital, applauded them for making the state proud during the National Chess Championship in Lekki, Lagos.
Igali, who is also the President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, commended the team for once again showing the world what Bayelsa State could do through sports.
He noted that the victory was a testament to the unquantifiable investment the Prosperity Government led by Governor Diri had made in sports.
He also called on the people of the state to continue to render their supports and prayers to the state government so the state would continue to be a shining light as the athlete ambassadors.
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