Homeless boy wins New York State chess championship: ‘I want to be the youngest grandmaster’

A homeless 8-year-old chess prodigy who dreams of becoming the world’s youngest grandmaster recently took home a top prize at a New York chess tournament.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who goes by Tani, placed first in the kindergarten through third-grade division at the New York State Scholastic Championship last weekend.

Tani, who only took up chess about a year ago, overcame immense odds to land the impressive win, the New York Times reports.

The 8-year-old refugee, whose family fled northern Nigeria in 2017 in fears of Boko Haram’s attacks on Christians like themselves, first learned how to play chess at Manhattan’s P.S. 116, where he attends classes.

After a part-time chess instructor taught Tani’s class the basics of the game, the child swiftly took interest and begged his mother to let him join the school’s chess club.

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