Chess Marathon: Tunde Onakoya Smashes Guinness World Record for Longest Chess Marathon

Tunde Onakoya

Tunde Onakoya, a Nigerian chess expert, achieved a spectacular accomplishment on Saturday by breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous chess marathon.

On his official X account, he eagerly shared the news with his fans, stating his ambition to break the record in 60 hours while emphasising the charity purpose of his endeavour: raising cash for the education of disadvantaged African children globally.

Tunde’s marathon broke the previous record of 56 hours and 9 minutes established by Norwegian players.

Partnering with US counterpart Shawn Martinez, both national masters, Tunde aimed not only to break a record but also to draw attention to the importance of providing educational opportunities to disadvantaged children across Africa.

Joined by Martinez after 23 hours of play, the duo continued their quest, garnering support from notable figures including Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and musicians Davido and Adekunle Gold.

Through their determination and support, Tunde and Shawn showcased the power of unity and love in making a positive impact on the world.