Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a 10-year-old Nigerian boy who lives in New York, is now officially a USA National Chess Master.
This is a great feat for the boy who won the New York State chess championship at the time he was living in a homeless shelter. It was learned that he was just 8 years old at the time of the win.
Adewumi just recently won his latest championship by earning a chess rating of 2223. This achievement was just 2 years after he gained fame for winning the USA National State chess championship. It was learned that he learned chess just a year after he and his family arrived in the USA in 2017 after fleeing from Nigeria due to fears of terrorist attacks.
In their first years in the USA, Adewunmi’s family was living in a homeless shelter near a school where there was a chess program. A GoFundMe fundraiser was launched and eventually raised $254,000 when many people learned about his situation. This helped them move to a better home where they now live in.