The Chess Pro tour will enter a crucial stage with the commencement of the Masters’ Series (a.k.a Battle of the Titans) event between IM Olufemi Balogun and IM Oladapo Adu, the battle between Former Nigerian national Champions which will hold at the Orchid Hotels and Event Center Lekki on the 12th of May, 2018.
Amongst the notable achievements of the seasoned Olufemi Balogun who has a 2255 FIDE ratng, and he’s also Chess Pro Tour Card holder as well as the highest ranked on the Pro Tour. He also holds the distinction of being the only African or Nigerian to play against a current world champion, although he eventually lost the match against Magnus Carlson, the current FIDE World Champion during the 2017 Fide World Cup.
On the other hand IM Oladapo Adu, who has a 2273 FIDE rating is also a former national champion who has represented Nigeria in many Olympiads. Adu qualified to play in the 31st Chess Olympiad in Moscow and became the Nigerian national champion in 1995. Adu also qualified for the 32nd Chess Olympiad, but Nigeria withdrew due to lack of resources. He has since played in further Olympiads for Nigeria,
including the 33rd Chess Olympiad.
In 2015, Adu qualified for the Chess World Cup 2015, but he was knocked out in the first round by Veselin Topalov.
The Pro Chess Tour is an elite program developed to transform chess into a professional sport in Africa and especially Nigeria. The tour comprises of the following circuit of events; Q-SCHOOL, OPEN CHESS CLASSICS (OCC), the Premiere League, the Masters’ Series and the Grand Slam