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Homeless 8-year-old refugee wins NY chess championship

Homeless 8-year-old refugee wins NY chess championship Public

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Homeless Nigerian refugee, Tanitoluwa Adewumi took first place in the New York State Scholastic Championships tournament. The 8-year-old won the championship for his age bracket.

“I want to be the youngest grandmaster,” Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who goes by Tani, told The New York Times.

Tanitoluwa placed first in the New York State Scholastic Championships tournament for kindergarten through third grade — a remarkable win for anyone.

“It’s unheard of for any kid, let alone one in a homeless shelter,” Russell Makofsky, who oversees Manhattan's P.S. 116 chess program, told USA TODAY.




Tanitoluwa hasn't had an easy life. His family left northern Nigeria in 2017 fearing attacks on Christians, The New York Times reports, and moved to New York City over a year ago where the boy learned how to play chess at school. He and his family live in a homeless shelter.

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