Playing White, Mr. Dan Foster celebrated OAP of Classic FM and formerly of Cool FM, Inspiration FM and City FM lost to Mrs. Doris Omonigho Adebayo, chess coach of Delta State in the Celebrity Chess Challenge which held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Banquet Hall, Orchid Hotel and event center, Ikota bridge, Ajah Lagos.
The maiden Celebrity Chess Challenge organized by the Chess Pro Tour is part of the programs aimed at promoting televised chess in Nigeria. It comprises a series of 90 minutes event divided into 4 quarters of 15 minutes and a 5 minutes break separating each quarter. The event is a challenge between at least one celebrity challenging a top rated male or female player or another celebrity.
Dan Foster spoke with asentv.tv after the match.
“I am very passionate about Chess. We need sponsors and sponsorship for the event which will make it great and bigger. Thanks to the team that put this together especially the technology. The lady, Doris was good and I will like a rematch”.
Meanwhile Doris Amonigho Adebayo said:
“The event is a very good innovation in chess. Chess players want to play and will go to any length to do just that but what matters is sponsorship and the prizes. If the event gets sponsorship it will be great.”
When speaking on the issue of spectatorship at chess events; she said
“The organizer needs to focus on how to get more spectators at the event as that is important. Chess players need to come watch others play as this will be good for the sport. Also the location matters a lot”.
The Pro chess Tour is an elite program developed to transform chess into a professional sport in Africa especially Nigeria. The tour comprises the following circuit of events; The Chess Players Champion (a.k.a OPEN CHESS CLASSICS (OCC.)), Premiere League and Masters’ Series and the Grand Slam.
32 players are selected annually through the Q-SCHOOL, an 8 qualifying event open to all chess players.
Dan foster started his game with d4 move with Doris responding d5 and the game proceeded 2.c4 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.Nd2 Be7 5.e3 c5 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.Bc2 Bb7 8.a3 h6 9.Bf4 0-0 10.Bd3 Rc8 11.Qc2 Re8 12.h3 Nf8 13.Nf1 cxd4 14.exd4 Ne4 15.BxNe4 fxBe4 16.Bf4xh6 gxh6 17.Ne5 Qxd4 18.cxQd4 RxQd2 19.Ne3 Rxb2 20.h4 Ba6 21.Rh3 Ng6 222.Rg3 kf8 23.Nd7+ kg7 24.h5 Bh4 25.Rg6+ fxRg6 26 g3 Bg5 27. Rc1 BxNe3 28.fxBe3 Re2+ 29.Kdi Rxe3 30.hxg6 Rd3+ 31.Ke1 Rxd4 32.Ne5 Rc8 33.Rxc8 Bxc8 34.Ke2 Ra4 0-1
Other major events are on the offering which will be announced soon.