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Oluwafemi Balogun
O Balogun 
Number of games in database: 54
Years covered: 2012 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2275 (2237 rapid, 2229 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2287
Overall record: +21 -24 =9 (47.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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   O Balogun vs M Walker (Oct-05-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Al Badani vs O Balogun (Oct-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   M Tomb vs O Balogun (Oct-03-18) 0-1
   L Valdes vs O Balogun (Oct-02-18) 0-1
   L Vajda vs O Balogun (Oct-01-18) 1-0

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(born 1987) Nigeria

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Oluwafemi Balogun qualified (1) to the World Cup in 2017, thereby winning the IM title. He lost on September 3, 2017 in Round 1 to Magnus Carlsen.

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Last updated: 2017-09-05 04:06:37

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 54  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J M Mabusela vs O Balogun  1-0432012Chess OlympiadE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
2. H Ahmed vs O Balogun  0-1682012Chess OlympiadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. C C Rios vs O Balogun  1-0412012Chess OlympiadE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. J P De Mey vs O Balogun  ½-½422012Chess OlympiadB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
5. E Berg vs O Balogun  1-0312012Chess OlympiadB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. G Nigalidze vs O Balogun  1-0532014Chess OlympiadE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
7. O Balogun vs K Botsoe 1-0202014Chess OlympiadC78 Ruy Lopez
8. O Balogun vs B Hague  1-0332014Chess OlympiadB01 Scandinavian
9. O Balogun vs K Mekhitarian  0-1352014Chess OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
10. O Balogun vs E Vodyasov  ½-½762014Chess OlympiadA07 King's Indian Attack
11. O Balogun vs Maria Varona-Thomas  1-0392014Chess OlympiadA53 Old Indian
12. O Balogun vs Yit San Fong  0-1572014Chess OlympiadB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. O Balogun vs G Al-Khattab  1-0372014Chess OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
14. O Balogun vs S Mihajlov  1-0482014Chess OlympiadA06 Reti Opening
15. O Balogun vs F Ashiku  ½-½912014Chess OlympiadA07 King's Indian Attack
16. D van den Heever vs O Balogun  1-0472014Chess OlympiadB07 Pirc
17. D Anton Guijarro vs O Balogun  1-0752015Tradewise GibraltarB07 Pirc
18. O Balogun vs T Spanton  1-0482015Tradewise GibraltarA04 Reti Opening
19. A Tari vs O Balogun  1-0272015Tradewise GibraltarE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. O Balogun vs M Machlik  ½-½892015Tradewise GibraltarA04 Reti Opening
21. R Freuler vs O Balogun  ½-½752015Tradewise GibraltarB07 Pirc
22. O Balogun vs A Adewole  1-0412015Tradewise GibraltarA07 King's Indian Attack
23. S Khademalsharieh vs O Balogun  1-0572015Tradewise GibraltarE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. O Balogun vs V Morais  1-0442015Tradewise GibraltarA07 King's Indian Attack
25. S Lejlic vs O Balogun  0-1352015Tradewise GibraltarB07 Pirc
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-08-13  akinov: Oluwafemi Balogun is a promising Nigerian player with lots of prospects, I look forward to seeing him play at more international tournaments/ FIDE rated. he is such a bright player.
Aug-01-14  akinov: I remember making that post over a year ago that i look forward to seeing Femi Balogun at more International tournaments. he is presently in Nigeria's colours again at the ongoing Olympiads and i am looking forward to a better outing from him this time around .
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  cro777: Oluwafemi Balogun vs Magnus Carlsen mini-match in September.

Balogun's opponent in the first round of the World Cup 2017 is Magnus Carlsen.

The World Cup will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 1 to 25 September 2017. The top 15 players in the latest rating list, including Magnus Carlsen, are participating in this 128-player single-elimination chess tournament.

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  cro777: It is official now.

FIDE World Cup 2017 (Round 1)

Magnus Carlsen - Oluwafemi Balogun

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  ketchuplover: Down goes Carlsen!
Aug-11-17  KnightVBishop: Balogun should try a crazy opening throw Magnus off guard
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  cro777: The World Cup starts in 1 week.

"Nigeria’s Oluwafemi Balogun is at 2255 rated over 100 points lower than anyone else in the event.

He qualified on merit by winning a zonal tournament, the West Africa Chess Championship in Monrovia, Liberia. That also gave him the FM title."

Aug-28-17  asianwarrior: He will meet Carlsen in round 1. expect the unexpected.
Aug-28-17  KnightVBishop: >asianwarrior

we'll see,

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  cro777: <asianwarrior: He will meet Carlsen in round 1. Expect the unexpected.>

In the first round Balogun drew with the black pieces.

Balogun's interview before the match:

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  rogge: <cro777: <asianwarrior: He will meet Carlsen in round 1. Expect the unexpected.> In the first round Balogun drew with the black pieces.>


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  MissScarlett: Perhaps Hollywood will make a film about him. If it loses a few million dollars, so what?
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  cro777: The first information was wrong.

Carlsen defeated Balogun in the first round. In his typical style Magnus slowly outplayed the Nigerian.

Sep-04-17  technical draw: <asianwarrior: He will meet Carlsen in round 1. expect the unexpected>

You were right, I expected Balogun to have a heart attack or at least say Why Me??

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  jith1207: I read a headline from a famous newspaper online, "Carlsen draw white pieces". I thought the game is drawn. It turned out I was reading news from a day ago, and it actually meant that Carlsen got white pieces in a draw meant to choose who plays which pieces first. Reading similar sentiment above makes me wonder if the poster also went through the same.
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  cro777: The Guardian: "Balogun draws champion Carlsen at Georgia 2017 Chess World Cup."

This headline was misleading.

For Balogun that was Something to Remember:

Sep-05-17  twinlark: FIDE's rules are slightly redundant.

Balogun was awarded the FM title for winning the zonal, but gets the IM title for qualifying for the World Cup. The first necessarily involves the second.

I thought he played quite well for a 2200. Pity Africa doesn't have the infrastructure to properly support chess. Same is true for Australia...*grumble*

Sep-16-17  Octavia: Daniel King made a lot of complementary remarks in his utube video about the game with Carlsen!
Sep-17-17  Arconax: Balogun played well in both games against the World Champion. Having taken a look at some of his games, he seems to be a very solid player. He has a defensive, positional style of play.

An interesting player to watch.

Sep-18-17  twinlark: Balogun would probably need to compete on the European circuit to significantly improve his chess, as Africa's top players Bassem Amin and Ahmed Adly have been doing with great success.
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