Nigerian refugee in the United States and living in a homeless shelter, Tani Adewumi, has just experienced a fabulous destiny. He has just won a chess competition, officially becoming a national chess master, at only 10 years old. Funds have been raised to help him and his family buy a home.
His story touched hearts and a GoFundMe page was created for him, raising $254,448 for the chess prodigy and his family to move into a flat. Nigerian refugee in the United States and living in a homeless shelter, 10-year-old Tani Adewumi, who just won another chess competition, has officially become a national master.
Tani’s success has continued and it has been announced that he will compete at the Chess Club of Fairfield County (CCFC). On May 1st Tani won the national title. Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for the New York Times, confirmed the latest achievement on Twitter. According to the US body that oversees chess competitions, « less than 1% of rated players hold the title ».
His father, Kayode Adewumi, was ecstatic when his son clinched the chess master title after winning his latest championship in Fairfield on Saturday. « When he came first, my heart just exploded, » Adewumi told CTVNews. « I was extremely happy… By the grace of God, he wants to be the youngest grandmaster in the world.
The 10-year-old still has a few years to go before he achieves that honour, which currently belongs to Ukraine’s Sergey Karjakin, who was 12 when he became grandmaster in 2003. In recent years, young Tani Adewumi has competed regularly across the United States and is even coached by Georgian chess grandmaster Giorgi Kacheishvili.