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Tunde Onakoya teams up with Shawn Martinez in chess marathon world record


Tunde Onakoya, Nigerian chess master, and Shawn Martinez, his United States counterpart, are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon.

The marathon, which has currently exceeded 23 hours, is underway at New York City’s Times Square and is scheduled to end on April 19.

Onakoya’s foundation, Chess in Slums Africa, a nonprofit organisation that aims to foster the development of underprivileged children through chess education, revealed this in a statement on Thursday.

The statement titled, “Chess in Slums Africa: Clarification and Updates on Tunde Onakoya’s Guinness World Record Attempt”, stated the rules of the challenge as outlined by Guinness World Records.

It partly read, “This record attempt requires a team of two players. Tunde Onakoya (NG) will be facing off against Shawn Martinez (US) for the challenge. Both players hold the title of National Masters.
“Shawn Martinez, a US National Master, renowned New York City chess legend, and chess coach, poses as a formidable adversary. Both Tunde Onakoya and Shawn Martinez will hold the record title.”