Abia Celebrate Student For Emerging Three Times Best In Chess Competition

Abia Celebrate Student For Emerging Three Times Best In Chess Competition
By Ify Ashi,
It was accolade galore by Abia state government for the state team in Chess  especially a secondary school student miss Blessing Ikechi who for the third consecutive time came tops at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Chess competition at the national youth games.
The praises for the teenage girl was held at the indoor hall of Umuahia township stadium
during this year 1st Chief Chijioke Nwakodo memorial secondary school Chess competition organised by Abia State Chess Association in honour of their late chairman and former chief of staff to governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
The occasion witnessed awards to winners who came tops at this year Chess competition among which is Blessing Ikechi who came first in the female category and Kingsley Onyeweaku also coming first in the male category while in the school category Federal government Girls College, Umuahia came first while in the male category Santa Crux secondary school came second.
Speaking Abia first lady, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu represented by her chief press secretary, Mr Chika Ojigbe commended the organisers of the Chess competition adding that it was delightable to bring such competition to the secondary school level.
She said honouring the memory of the chairman of the Association and the former chief of staff to her husband who died in active service was commendable.
The first lady commended winners of the competition especially Blessing Ikechi for her outstanding performance both in state and national competitions and used the occasion to give her scholarship.
Mrs Ikpeazu encouraged the Young students to take the game of Chess seriously noted that Chess is money spinning game and when taken seriously can give one fame.
She maintained that the governor Okezie Ikpeazu was a sport loving governor who is poised to enhancing sport activities in the state.
Speaking the commissioner for Sports, Hon. Chief Emeka Ikwugwu who was represented by the director of sports Mr Issac O Issac congratulated the winners of the chess competition especially Blessing whom he said came tops in chess during the three last national youth games and urged her not to relent. He also commended the organisers of the competition adding that Chess is a global game that have put food on the tables of  winners.
He said the state government would continue to support sports in the state especially the game of Chess. He encouraged the young stars not to deter adding that when you combine sports and academics you become a super star.
Speaking the chairman of Abia state Chess competition, Imeoria kelechi said this was the 3rd edition of school competition but the first edition of chief Chijioke Nwakodo memorial secondary school Chess competition who was their immediate past chairman.
He disclosed that sports globally have transformed from mere recreation activities to a major money spinning as well as educative as it has been entertaining.
He said the competition was organized to improve Abia students skills in strategic thinking and planning and also to their pursuit to the raise Chess athletes to national and international competition.
He commended the state team in Chess for doing tremendously well in the national youths games winning 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively at the National youths game Chess events. He specifically lauded Blessing Ikechi who won the gold medals for the state.
Speaking, the chairman of the occasion and founder Abia Comet football club, Coach Victor Nwakanma commended the organisers and promised to make a donation of Chess to the Association and schools in the state.
 urged the state government to include some vital sports in school curriculum to enable talents to be discovered at young age.
He also appreciated parents who exposed  their children to the game of Chess adding that it should not be all about football while he disclosed that chess is a mental rare and super game.
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