Tunde Onakoya, the founder of Chess in Slums Africa, has begun his attempt to break the Guinness World Record (GWR) for the longest chess marathon without losing a game.


Onakoya will commence the attempt on Wednesday at Times Square, New York City, US.

The chess guru aims to play several chess games for 58 hours without losing a single game. Onakoya is only allowed five-minute breaks every hour during the course of the attempt.

The Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon stands at 56 hr 09 min 37 seconds.


It was achieved by Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad, two Norwegians, on November 11, 2018.

In a tweet before the commencement of the attempt, Onakoya shared a gallery of pictures of Nigerians at the Times Square to support him.

“We haven’t even started yet, and Nigerians are already trooping into camp out with me,” the tweet reads.


Onakoya earlier said he hopes to empower illiterate children across Africa through the feat.

“Doing this for the dreams of millions of children across Africa without access to education. You guys have been rock solid for me through the years,” he said.

“So I need all of us to come together now more than ever to show the world that the Nigerian spirit is unwavering and we can do great things from a small place against all odds.”

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