Eight-year old Nigerian boy, Tanitoluwa Adewumi has just conquered the world of chess after he emerged the winner of the New York Chess Championship in the third category.
The young boy who only started playing the game of chess in 2018 lives in a Manhattan homeless shelter with his family.
During an interview with NewsDay, Adewumi spoke about his life as a chess player. He revealed that he started learning less in 2018 alongside his class mates in school. He joined the school’s chess club and the club organizer waived the fees for him due to his family’s financial situation.
He actually started out as the lowest-rated member of the chess club but he immediately improved and one year later he brought his school a statewide recognition.
Young Adewumi also revealed he likes the game of chess because it is a thinking game and his favorite player of all time is his chess coach. He went ahead and stated that his goal is to become the youngest chess grand-master in the world and also to break the world champion record.
Adewunmi together with his family arrived in New York fled Nigeria in 2017 due to fear of attacks from the Boko Haram.
From all of us here in Naijazzy, we say a big congratulations to the talented Grandmaster in the making.