The first MindGames Festival held from the 2nd to 5th of November 2017 at Kakanfo Inn and Conference Center, Ibadan was a gathering of over 200 players and lovers of popular board games comprising of Chess, Scrabble and Draughts (checkers) who came to watch, interact and compete. It was 3 days of fun, excitement and battle of wits within the serene halls designated as playing areas for Chess, Scrabble and Draughts at the hotel.
Thirty-three (33) of the highest ranked players including FIDE Masters Kigigha Bomo and Anwuli Daniel with IM
Oladapo Adu and Bunmi Olape and a host of several top-rated Nigeria Chess players were on ground. After a grueling 6 rounds of games, Oladapo Adu (IM) emerged winner with 5.5 points. His draw in round 3 with Balogun Oluwafemi (FM) enough to edge Kigigha Bomo to the second place. Kigigha secured 5/6 points. Dr. Adeshina Adeyinka (CM) and FIDE Master Osunfuyi Abimbola came joint third with 4.5 points each. For his efforts, Mr Adu took home the grand prize of two hundred and fifty thousand naira (N250,000). The Open (unrated) category in the Chess event, Ikuenomore, Ayodeji Olumuyiwa saw off other contenders after six rounds with 5.5 points to cart home the top prize of one hundred thousand naira. Joint second were Mafoitan Oladipupo and Akande Temitope with 5 points each, while Abimbola Kalesanwo and Efemuai, Odafe Benedict with 4.5 points each were joint third.
In the Scrabble event, a mix of Intermediate and Masters players were sectioned in the Masters category, while the Opens comprised of ladies, unrated and Open category players. Mr. Ewruje James 17 +682 (an Intermediate category player) caused an upset in the preliminary round of 22 by winning 17 games to automatically qualify for the final. In second place was Mr. Moses Peter 15 +1580 ( a member of team Nigeria to the WESPAC (World English Speaking Scrabble Players Association) Championship holding in Kenya from the 8th of November. He joined Mr Ewruje in the best of three finals where he won 2-0 to emerge champion. In third was another Kenya-bound member of Team Nigeria, Mr. Nsikak Etim 15 1041. In the Open category, Osawe Victor 22 +2128, Umukoro Oghomaria 20 +1424 and Ologungbiri Clement 19 +1114 placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in that order while Miss Sule Success 18 +1221 emerged the best female participant. Click here for full results.
The closing ceremony had in attendance, the President of the Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF), Lekan Adeyemi, President Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) Gora Suleiman ably represented by the Technical Director NSF, Faruk BabaInna and Mr Segun Adegbenro former Vice President NSF. International Breweries Limited (IBL) one of the partners of the event were on hand to present kits/apparels and refreshments to winners and players at the closing. In his closing remarks, the initiator and sponsor of the MGi project, thanked the players for the turn out and for their understanding. He acknowledged the lapses seen at this year’s event and promised that the next event MGi sponsored event will be bigger and better.