|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 .http://www.naijahood.blogspot.com/2...|
|Jul-25-17|| ||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.
|Aug-07-17|| ||cro777: It is official now.
FIDE World Cup 2017 (Round 1)
Magnus Carlsen - Oluwafemi Balogun
|Aug-07-17|| ||ketchuplover: Down goes Carlsen!|
|Aug-11-17|| ||KnightVBishop: Balogun should try a crazy opening throw Magnus off guard|
|Aug-26-17|| ||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
|Sep-03-17|| ||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:
|Sep-03-17|| ||rogge: <cro777: <asianwarrior: He will meet Carlsen in round 1. Expect the unexpected.>
In the first round Balogun drew with the black pieces.>|
|Sep-03-17|| ||MissScarlett: Perhaps Hollywood will make a film about him. If it loses a few million dollars, so what?|
|Sep-03-17|| ||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??
|Sep-04-17|| ||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.|
|Sep-04-17|| ||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.|