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GWR: Tunde Onakoya set a new 58-hour record, hits 60 hours


Nigerian chess master and founder of Chess in Slum Africa, Tunde Onakoya, on Saturday set a new Guinness World Record for the longest marathon chess.

Tunde confirmed the victory of 58 hours in a post on his official X account.

He wrote, “We have done it.

“We’re pushing to 60 hours, guys. We’re not stopping yet. Let’s keep going.

“We have a fundraising goal to meet for the education of African children worldwide. This is our why – the reason we are doing this.

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“Let’s demonstrate to the world the incredible power of love. Together, we can make this happen.”

Onakoya broke the record of Norwegian players Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad, who played for 56-hour, 9-minute in 2018 and aimed at reaching the 58-hour target.

The challenge, which was done at New York City’s iconic Times Square, has now been completed at 60 hours.

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The new record holder said he attempted to raise funds and awareness for providing educational opportunities to underprivileged children across Africa.

The Chessmaster played against a US National Master, renowned New York City chess legend, and chess coach, Shawn Martinez, who is a formidable adversary.

It was reported that Tunde Onakoya and Shawn Martinez will hold the record title.

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“This record is for the longest time to play chess continuously. This record is to be mentioned in hours, minutes, and seconds. This record is to be attempted by a team of two players,” it added.

Meanwhile, Nigerians, including President Bola Tinubu, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, Singer Davido, and Adekunle Gold, have all shown support for Onakoya to set the new record.