Tunde Onakoya Achieves 60-Hour Nonstop Chess Marathon, Sets Guinness World Record

21 Apr 2024

Tunde Onakoya

Tunde Onakoya has just wrapped up an incredible 60-hour chess marathon, setting his sights on clinching a new Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon.

Throughout the intense battle in the heart of New York’s Times Square, Tunde faced opponent after opponent, driven by unwavering determination and a noble cause: to raise $1 million for children’s education in Africa.

“I’m doing this for the dreams of millions of children across Africa who lack access to education,” declared Tunde, a seasoned chess master and the visionary behind Chess In Slum Africa.

Originally targeting 58 consecutive hours, Tunde shattered expectations by not only surpassing the record but pushing himself for an additional 2 hours, ultimately clocking in an impressive 60 hours. “We’re pushing to 60 hours, guys. We’re not stopping yet. Let’s keep going,” he rallied.

The previous Guinness World record for the longest chess marathon, standing at 56 hours, 9 minutes, and 37 seconds, was set by Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad of Norway on November 11, 2018.

In a heartwarming display of Nigerian solidarity, supporters from New York’s Nigerian community, including Afrobeats stars Davido and Adekunle Gold, flocked to Times Square to cheer Tunde on. Meanwhile, back in Nigeria, the entire nation rallied behind him, tuning in to watch his historic achievement on Twitch. Former vice president of Nigeria and current vice president Yemi Osinbajo and Kashim Shettima publicly lent their support to Tunde’s cause.

“Let the vibrant energy of Times Square amplify your greatness, as a proud Nigerian, on the chessboard. We’re all rooting for you—show the world the resilience and determination you’re made of,” expressed the former vice president.

“Lagos stands with you as you strive to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon at Times Square in the heart of New York,” echoed Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos State.