Guinness World Record: Nigerians Cheer Onakoya As 58-Hour Chess Marathon Begins In New York

Excitement is in the air as Tunde Onakoya, a celebrated chess master, has launched a daring attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon.

This captivating event kicked off in the bustling heart of Times Square, New York City, on April 17, 2024, and is set to draw crowds until its conclusion at 8pm on April 19.

With his eyes set on surpassing the previous record of 56 hours, 9 minutes, and 37 seconds—held since November 2018 by Norway’s Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad—Onakoya is determined to push the limits with a continuous 58-hour chess session. What makes his challenge even more thrilling is his commitment to remain undefeated throughout the marathon.

The chess marathon began with an enthusiastic announcement from Onakoya on his X (formerly Twitter) account, where he posted, “Game time.” He further highlighted the overwhelming support he’s receiving, mentioning, “We haven’t even started yet and Nigerians are already trooping in to camp out with me.”

This show of solidarity is not just from his compatriots in New York but also includes notable figures such as Nigerian singer Adekunle Gold, who is among the spectators cheering him on.


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