Tunde Onakoya nearing 40-hour mark in chess marathon, raises $40K+
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The founder of Chess in Slum Initiative Africa, Tunde Onakoya, approaches the 40-hour mark in his Guinness World Record attempt for the longest chess marathon. Tunde, who began his record-breaking attempt on Wednesday, April 17, has triumphed over all opponents, including defeating New York’s National Chess Master, Shawn Martinez.

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His ongoing 58-hour chess marathon in Times Square, New York City, is currently at 38.02 hours, with about $40,625 (a rough estimate of 46,762,625 in the Nigerian currency) raised so far.

Tunde Onakoya on his last update on his X platform confirmed his number of games, marking his 100th game, 87 against New York’s Shawn Martinez and 13 with other random players.


“Game number 100. ♟️ 87 against my main opponent @CoachShawnMar. 13 against external challengers. We are now 31 hours in, with 27 to go! That puts us officially past the halfway mark. It’s looking possible now. 💪🏾 Keep streaming, keep donating,” he wrote.


Fans and well-wishers at home and abroad solidly continue to support the chess master while looking forward to seeing him bring home the Guinness World Record title.

It is worth noting that Tunde’s goal is to hit a 58-hour chess marathon, and the Guinness will determine the assessment of the match before declaring him the record holder.