An eight-year-old Nigerian kid identified as Tanitoluwa Adewumi, has emerged the winner of the state-wide New York’s chess championship in the third-grade category.
Adewumi, who lives in a Manhattan homeless shelter with his family, won the competition with an undefeated performance.
Tani started learning chess last year alongside his classmates. He went on to join his school’s chess club. The club’s organizer waived the fees for him because of his family’s financial situation.
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8-Year-Old Nigerian Refugee Wins Chess Championship in U.S. According to New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, Tanitoluwa Adewumi, has won the chess champion for kindergarten through third grade at the New York State chess championship. He went undefeated at the state tournament last weekend, outwitting children from elite private schools with private chess tutors. What's even more extraordinary is that Tani, as he is known, learned chess only a bit more than a year ago. His play has skyrocketed month by month, and he now has seven trophies by his bed in the homeless shelter. "I want to be the youngest grandmaster," the young lad said Tani's family fled northern Nigeria in 2017, fearing attacks by Boko Haram terrorists on Christians such as themselves. His rating is now 1587 and rising fast by comparison, the world's best player, Magnus Carlsen, stands at 2845.) Source: @nickkristof Photo: Christopher Lee #FajSport #Chess #Champion #Nigeria #USA #NewYork #NewYorkTimes
Though he started out as the lowest-rated member of the club, he quickly improved and is now bringing his school statewide recognition. It was reported that the Adewumis comprising of Tanitoluwa, his parents and older brother arrived in New York after fleeing Nigeria in 2017 due to fear of terror attacks from the Boko Haram group.
They have sought asylum and an immigration hearing has been scheduled for August, 2019.