Ten-year-old refugee becomes America’s newest chess master

By: Alyssa Wilson

Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a 10-year-old boy from New York, is the newest national chess master in the United States. He won all four of his matches at the Fairfield County Chess Club Championship in Connecticut on May 1, NPR reported.  

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In 2017, his family fled Nigeria, afraid Boko Haram terrorists would attack them for being Christians. Two years later, Adewumi and his family lived in a homeless shelter. Despite the adversities he faced, he won the New York State chess championship in 2019 

According to U.S. Chess, he is now ranked as the 2223rd chess player, and he’s the 28th youngest person to become a chess master.  

Adewumi is also the author of My Name is Tani …and I Believe in Miracles. The story documents his journey and experiences as a refugeeturnedchampion while homeless. 

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His family no longer lives in a shelter. Adewumi practices chess every day after school for up to eleven hours. The story of his life has been acquired by Paramount for a film produced by Trevor Noah.

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