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An 8-year-old Nigerian, Tanitoluwa Adewumi is dazzling the chess world with his immense chess talent. The young chap won the kindergartener through a third-grade category in New York’s chess championship last weekend with an undefeated performance.


The Nigerian boy whose family is waiting for their asylum application to be considered after fleeing the country in 2017, started playing chess when he reached the US. He and his siblings were enrolled in a school where they signed up for a local chess club.

Now Tani has made the family proud and he wishes to become the youngest grandmaster ‘ever’, he told The New York Times.

“It’s an inspiring example of how life’s challenges do not define a person,” said Jane Hsu, the principal of P.S. 116, which held a pep rally to celebrate Tani’s victory, the outlet reported.

A GoFundMe campaign has now been set up by Russ Makofsy, who runs the school’s chess club to help Tani and his family. The fund has already surpassed a $50,000 goal and reached nearly $75,000!

By Damilola Faustino

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