11:08, Saturday, 28th October, 2017

Day one of the CIV Team Chess Invitational saw the teams complete three rounds at a time control of 75/75 + 30 seconds a move.

Nigeria lived up to their billing as the pre-tournament rating favorite but needed to overcome a stiff challenge from Liberia in round 3 to emerge as the sole leader at the end of the first days play. The 2.5-1.5 scoreline in this key round 3 encounter may well prove decisive at the end of the team tournament tomorrow.

Liberia, Sao Tome and Togo all recorded two wins and seem likely to be in the fight for second place.

The arbiters seminar has seen 15 attendees register including candidates from Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Sao Tome and Cote dIvoire. We wish them the best of luck as they prepare for the exam tomorrow afternoon.

Latest standings at the end of round 3 as well as the round 4 pairings are now posted at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr310390.aspx?lan=1