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Chess Pro Tour: Nigerian Fide Masters set for ‘Battle of the Titans’ against International

The crucial stages of the Nigerian Professional Chess Players Pro Tour will begins on May 12 with the Masters’ Series tagged ‘Battle of the Titans’ between FIDE Master Olufemi Balogun and International Master Oladapo Adu.
The event which has been scheduled for Orchid Hotels and Event Centre Lekki would see cerebral battles between the new and the old order.
Olufemi Balogun, who debuted at the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul 2012 looks set to upstage Adu in the match. The FIDE Master rated 2255 in the latest FIDE rating, is a Chess Pro Tour Card holder and highest ranked. He also stands as the only African or Nigerian to have played against a current World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlson of Norway.
Balogun lost the much anticipated encounter in the double colour in a reversed fixture match during the 2017 FIDE World Cup in Azerbaijan
His opponent, International Master, Oladapo Adu, has a lover FIDE rating of 2273. He is a former national champion when he won the title in 1995. In 2015, Adu qualified for the Chess World Cup, where he lost in the first round to Veselin Topalov, who became FIDE World Chess Champion by winning the FIDE World Chess Championship 2005. He lost his title in the World Chess Championship 2006
The Pro Chess Tour is an elite programme developed to transform chess into a professional sport in Africa especially Nigeria. The tour comprises following circuit of events; Q-School, OPEN Chess Classics (OCC), Premier League, Masters’ Series and the Grand Slam.

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