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How I attempted to prevent Onakoya from playing chess – The father of the world record breaking

Apr 26, 2024 | Sports

The father of Nigerian chess prodigy Tunde Onakoya, Pa Onakoya, revealed that he initially opposed his son’s interest in chess, unaware of the fame it would bring him.

Recalling Tunde’s childhood, Pa Onakoya admitted to discouraging his son from playing chess, preferring him to concentrate on his studies instead.

On April 17, Tunde embarked on his quest to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon. Just three days later, on April 20, he achieved this feat, setting a new record of 60 hours at Times Square in New York, USA.

In a video shared on Oyindamola’s X handle on Wednesday, Tunde’s father expressed admiration for his son’s resilience, describing him as an “angel” whose determination always leads to success.

Reflecting on his initial resistance to Tunde’s passion for chess, Pa Onakoya advised parents not to discourage their children from pursuing their interests. He confessed to wanting Tunde to become a doctor, unaware of the prominence chess would bring him.

Tunde’s accomplishment surpassed the previous record held by Norwegian players Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad, who played for 56 hours and 9 minutes in 2018.

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