Israel Nuwanganga Invitational Chess: How the tournament enhances children's strategic thinking

Israel Nuwanganga Invitational Chess: How the tournament enhances children’s strategic thinking

As part of our efforts to foster and promote chess at the grassroots level, the 2nd Israel Nwanganga Invitational Chess Event for juniors aged 15 and under will be held in Gbagada, sponsored by Mariz Nwokoma, affectionately known as ‘Liz’. It was held at the Chevron Recreation Center.

The event, which is part of an opportunity to give back to society, is a result of Liz’s love for chess and his desire to educate young Nigerians about the game’s many benefits.

Liz said his chess background has helped him make decisions in his career and personal life. He says he wants to give young Nigerians the same opportunities: how to strategize, how to create a vision, how to act with agility. Develop strategic and decision-making skills through chess.
He added that another inspiration for the tournament was his father, Israel Nwanganga, who passed away at the age of 84. Israel suffered from Alzheimer’s disease during his lifetime.
Given that the disease affects the brain, Liz thought it necessary to sponsor a chess tournament. The game of chess helps develop the brain. Therefore, he named the tournament after his father.

The tournament had a total of 46 participants, 23 in each of the under-10 and 11-15 categories.

Mabelvine Montessori School’s sibling duo, 10-year-old Nwankwo Chiamaka (highest rated player in the tournament and Nigeria’s highest level chess representative) and her younger brother, 8-year-old Nwankwo Somtochukwu Jason, won the overall in their respective categories. champion. Both players finished the tournament with an astonishing score of 5.5 out of 6, solidifying their dominance among their peers.
Chiamaka won the 11-15 year old category. Adepoju Ayomido, the second highest rated player in the 11-15 age group, secured second place overall and secured the top spot in the boys category. Emilola Adekunle, Adeyemi Adezaiah, Audu Jonah and Ogundare Tumise shared second place in the category while Obe Amir won the Best U12 award.

In the girls category, Patrick Floresant and Anuoluwaimika Adepoju secured second and third place respectively, while Odafe-Efemueye Ajibola won the Best U12 Girl award.
Somtochuk took the top spot in the 10 and under category. Agusinu Kevin and Agusinu Zita secured 2nd and 3rd place, with a thrilling 4th and 5th place consisting of Ibok Abbasinu Samuel, Edward Peculiar, Azeez Marouf, Ebubuomwan Victoria and Duffyefalen Devine. .

All winners received large cash prizes. All participating players also received a brand new chess set and certificate.


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