Eight year old Nigerian boy Tanitoluwa Adewumi last week emerged the winner of the Ney york chess championship third grade category.
it was reported that Adewunmi abd his family left n]Nigeria because of Boko Haram and have been living in the homeless shelter at Manhattan.
Adewunmi was said to have started Chess only last year and joined his school chess club, and although he started out as the lowest rated member of the lots, By training three hours every day, he got so grounded in the game that when he entered the state-wide competition, he floored kids from elite private schools – catapulting his rating to 1587.
When his mother signed him up for chess, she was merely fulfilling a requirement that he must be in one of the school’s clubs.
Speaking with BBC about what his plans for the future, he said:
“I want to achieve being the youngest grandmaster in the world and breaking the world championship record.”
With this diligence and commitment, we’re positive it won’t take too long before he achieves all that.
Former U.S President, Bill Clinton has congratulated the eight year-old Nigerian chess champion, Tanitoluwa Adewunmi and also invited him and his parents to his office for personal introduction.