Organisers of the PwC Chess4Change Grand Slam Tournament which commenced in Lagos on Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos has been roundly commended for sustaining the tempo of the two-year old competition.
Speaking at the event, Special Adviser (Sports) to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Ayodeji Tinubu, lauded the sponsor for choosing to put their weight behind a value driven project capable of transforming lives noting that chess has the potential of putting Nigeria on the map of sporting greatness.
A partner from PwC, Mr Daniel Isopekhai in his speech, emphasised the values chess teaches, stating further that playing chess forces you to think about your moves and also ensures efficient time management which is important in achieving success in life.
Similarly, Mrs Bisi Joseph, who represented the Lagos State Ministry of Education at the event, opined that playing chess is an effective way of developing mental awareness.
Day one of the 3-day tournament concluded with Kings College in the lead after two rounds of play. The Grand Slam Tournament is the climax of the PwC Chess4Change season. The initiative was designed to use the game of chess to improve strategic thinking and critical reasoning amongst secondary school students in Lagos State.
Other personalities in attendance on the opening day include; Director General, Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr Ayo Agbesanwa; Chief Operating Officer, MediaVision Limited (Project Consultants), Mr Jimmy Sogbesan; students, principals