Nigeria’s Lapite Oluwadurotimi has emerged winner of the ninth edition of the Ghana Chess President’s Cup held at the Accra Sports Stadium.
He braved the odds from the start of proceedings to emerge as winner with 6.5/7 points, leaving fellow countryman Kennedy Onokpite in second place with 6/7 points while Austin Apemiye followed in third position with 5.5/7 points.
Reigning Ghana champion Francis Anquandah and Joseph Jamena Mensah, Ghana’s two top players finished in fourth place together with Kamara Ansumana with 5/7 points each.
Felix Tobi and Dzidzor Dotse also completed the tournament with 3/7 points and earned themselves the Best Junior and Best Lady prizes.
The three-day event sponsored by Reiss n Co attracted a strong international representation from Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire and recorded some major upsets including veteran Evans Kpodo defeating Anquandah and Group Captain George Ako Dadzie defeating Richard Gabah.
In his closing remarks, the president of the Ghana Chess Association, Philip Ameku congratulated the winners for the performance and promised to develop and promote the sport across the country, with plans to reach the communities and schools.