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Oluwafemi Balogun (born 1987) is a Nigerian chess player. In 2016 he won the Africa Zone 4.4 Individual Championship, and as a result he was awarded the title FIDE Master. The following year, Balogun won this event for the second time and qualified to play in the FIDE World Cup, held later in the same year in Batumi, Georgia. He was also granted the title International Master for this victory.[1] In the World Cup, Balogun was defeated by World Champion Magnus Carlsen in the first round, becoming the first African to play against a reigning world champion in a competitive match.[2]

Oluwafemi Balogun
TitleInternational Master (2017)


  1. ^ "Nigeria for Georgia 2017 Chess World tourney". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2017-05-02. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  2. ^ "Balogun draws champion, Carlson, at Georgia 2017 Chess World Cup". 3 August 2017.

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