A private initiative to stimulate the pool of talents Nigeria is blessed with in the sport of Chess has introduced a series of championships.

The championships tagged "Chess Pro Tour" will begin on the 30th of March and end on the 16th of December,2018 offering Chess enthusiasts the longest event calendar in the history of the sport in Nigeria.

At the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the sport property owner, Fiji ventures and Orchid Hotels that is the official venue partner of the tour, the events for the year were also revealed to the admiration of other stakeholders present.

The Managing Director of Fiji ventures, Joachim Idada said he is excited to be back after a long hiatus from the sport he promoted years back in primary and secondary schools in Lagos

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"Chess is life and it is a dream come true to be introducing professionalism into chess again, the chess tour will be giving the youths of Nigeria the opportunity to play the game, learn and also earn something for a living as you can see that the theme for the tour is "Changing lives".

On his part, Reverend Jonathan Ordega who is the Chairman of Orchid Hotels canvassed more support for sports that have the potential to develop the nation like chess.

Entries from all over the country are welcomed by the organisers who are ready to go all the way in the tour which comprises Players Championship, Masters' Series, Grand Slam and the Premier League.