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Chess Grandmaster Nigel Short has applauded PwC Nigeria for supporting the growth of chess in Nigeria especially by promoting the adoption of the sports among young people through her Chess4Change programme.

The British former world champion who is visiting Nigeria made this remark during a courtesy visit to the leading professional services firm in Lagos.

PwC Chess4Change, a major component of PwC Nigeria’s Corporate Responsibility Strategy, is a developmental programme designed to improve strategic and critical thinking skills amongst secondary school students in Lagos State using the game of chess. It commenced in 2014.

While speaking at the forum, which had the President of the Nigeria Chess Federation and members as well as some student participants of the initiative in attendance.

“It is very good to start playing chess at a very young age and this is why I find what you are doing with chess in schools very commendable.

This will go a long way in developing the sports in Nigeria while also positioning the students for future accomplishments.

Some of them could become champions and grandmasters someday.

I will certainly support this initiative and will be happy to come back next year to be a part of it,” Nigel Short said.

Commenting on PwC’s involvement in chess for school students, Operating Partner PwC Nigeria, Chief Pedro Omontuemhen, noted that as a firm, PwC is very interested in education and the empowerment of young people and this is reflected in their choice of Corporate Responsibility initiatives.

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