Chess arbiter call for establishment of academy across the country

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LAGOS – Obinna Ogbonnaya, an arbiter with the Nigeria Chess (NCF), on Tuesday called for the establishment of chess academy to assist in the discovery of talents.

Ogbonnaya told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the establishment of academy for grassroots discovery and to educate intending players on the rules and ethics of the sport.

“We a chess academy, if possible, in each of the six geo-political zones of the country to help in area of talents discovery and promotion of the sport.

“This is because there is lack of keen interest in the sport generally in the country; therefore we to the sport the grassroots.

“Updating ones knowledge in the game is , because when the chess players are familiar with what is obtainable, they will be able to withstand colleagues in intercontinental contests,’’ he said.


The optimistic that a good for upcoming chess players would proficient ones that would pave way for the glory of Nigerian players at the international competitions.

According to him, chess academy when establish should incorporate the normal school curriculum into the academic calendar, to avoid conflict between academy work and the sport.

“A well plan sport programmes and academy work will the students opting out of the sport,’’ Ogbonnaya said.

He noted that there abundance of talented chess players across the country.

“The establishment of the academy would not only help talents, but would also nurture them for the ahead,’’ Ogbonnaya said.

He, however, applauded Nigeria Breweries Plc for sustaining the annual Chess competitions.

“The NB Plc annual competition has been a source of encouragement for chess players. They all look forward to it every year,’’ Ogbonnaya said.

The charged other companies to emulate the in its quest to identify and nurture talents across the country. (NAN)