A ten-year old Christian refugee from Nigeria has just been crowned America’s national Chess master. Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his family fled Nigeria in 2019 due to attacks by Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist group.
Christian Post reports:
“Our God has done it again today. Tanitoluwa won Chess Club of Fairfield Connecticut championship,” the prodigy’s father, Kayode Adewumi, announced earlier this month in a post on Facebook showing his son, affectionately called Tani, gleefully holding two trophies. Earning that win on May 1 gave the 10-year-old his newest chess ranking.
A statement from the U.S. Chess Federation said Tani’s achievement at 10 years, seven months, and 28 days makes him the 28th youngest person to become a national chess master. Tani, who had to defeat another national chess master and an international master to achieve his latest ranking, said he is “very happy” about the achievement.
According to the article, Tanitoluwa, who practices up to 11 hours a day, hopes to become America’s youngest chess grandmaster, a title currently held by Sergey Karjakin, who earned the honour at the age of 12 years, 7 months.