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The Road To West-Africa’s First Grand Master:


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The Road that leads to the achievement of the #GoForAWest-AfricaChessGrandMaster Initiative goal is arduous. However, we believe it can be achieved through intense training and support, GRANDMASTER (GM) IVAN SOKOLOV has been approached to help us.

GM Ivan Sokolov

The Road that leads to the achievement of the #GoForAWestAfricaChessGrandMaster Initiative goal is arduous. However, we believe it can be achieved through intense training and support, GRANDMASTER (GM) IVAN SOKOLOV has been approached to help us.


GM Ivan Sokolov is a well-known Dutch Grandmaster, chess author and coach, originally from Yugoslavia. He attained the title of Youngest Grandmaster in the World at age 19, way back in 1987. He was Yugoslav National Champion and later Dutch National Champion in 1995 and 1998 respectively. He was also World Number 12 at several points in his carrier, participating in several highbrow events and defeating several top Grandmasters in classical time control, inclusive of, but not limited to: Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, Grandmaster Veselin Topalov, just retired Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik and the likes. As a player, he won the European Clubs Championship a brilliant four (4) times, and he participated in different Olympiads (picking up a Team Silver Medal with the Bosnia & Herzegovina team in Moscow 1994). In the year 2000, he won the European Rapid and Blitz Championship, and in 2009 he shared joint first position, in the classical edition of the championship. In 2013, he won two (2) individual Gold medals at the European Team Championship in Warsaw, Poland, while as a captain and coach, he went to the Olympiad with two (2) teams.

GM Ivan Sokolov is a Fide Senior Trainer and the author of eleven (11) chess books from 2009 until 2018, and was the winner of FIDE Boleslavsky award for best chess book in 2018 with his book – Chigorin Bible. He currently works as the head coach of Iran where he has helped develop young Iranian talents (GM Maghsoodloo Parham, GM Firouzja Alireza, GM Tabatabaei Mamin and IM (WGM) Khademalsharieh Sarasadat), leading them to win the Asian Continental Team Gold in all three categories (classical, rapid and blitz) in 2018.

If we truly care about the development of the future of chess in Nigeria, this is the guy to change the fate of Nigerian Chess and help us achieve the Grandmaster Title that has so far eluded our players.

Come Aboard!

There Are So Many Ways to Lend a Helping Hand

West You can support this Initiative by:

  1.  Sponsoring one player to the African individual Chess championship
  2.  Sponsor the #GoForGM coaching session by Grand Master Ivan  Solokov.
  3.  Sponsor professional fees for online coaching through Skype (100 Euro per hour).
  4. Sponsor Professional fees for face to face coaching camp (300 Euro per day)
  5. Paying Flight ticket for our foreign coach to visit various west African countries to organize a seven to ten-day coaching camp once in every quarter for the next 5 Quarters (example- return flight ticket- Amsterdam to Lome, Amsterdam to Accra or Amsterdam to Freetown).
  6. Paying the GM’s Hotel accommodation for every visit to any of the West African countries.
  7. Paying the Return flight ticket and accommodation for our young lads to participate in at least three high-quality chess tournament outside the West Africa region to enable them to get exposure withing the next three years
  8. Sponsoring General logistics.
Anwuli Daniel

Anwuli Daniel

International Master

Born in 1997, Daniel Anwuli’s profile epitomizes the kind that CPAN is trying to build for committed and talented chess players in the country.



Abdulrahman Akintoye AbdulRaheem

Abdulrahman Akintoye AbdulRaheem

National Master

With an international Chess Rating of 2258, “Triple A”, as he is popularly called, is currently ranked ‘lucky number 5’ in Nigeria and is undoubtedly the most outstanding chess player in the country at present,
Deborah Quickpen

Deborah Quickpen

At age 6, Deborah was the youngest participant in the 2018 National Sports Festival, which held at Abuja in 2018.

Currently under the tutelage of Nigeria’s second-highest rated Chess player Kigigha Bomo.




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How Donations Are Used
To accomplish the goal set, several costs are incurred, but here is a breakdown of our quarterly budget.


Flight ticket (Return) – N276,000
Accommodation -N28,000 a night
(De Rembrandt Hotel, 4-star) x11 Nights =N308,000
Professional fees – (€300 daily x 10 days = €3,000)
Online lectures/training fees
(€100 for 1hr daily x 60 hours per quarter =€4,500)
25% discount is available if we do 20hours every month

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