10-year-old Nigerian refugee becomes US national chess master

A 10-year-old Nigerian refugee in the US, Tani Adewumi has won another chess competition to officially become a national chess master.

The Boko Haram insurgency made Tani’s family fled Nigeria and in 2019, Tani came into the limelight after he won the New York chess championship while living in a homeless center on religious asylum.

After his victory in 2019, he became popular and attracted sympathy and a GoFundMe page was created for him. His family was able to move into an apartment after his GoFundMe page raised $254,448.

Tani continued and went on to compete in the Chess Club of Fairfield County (CCFC) which was held on the 1st of May and Tani won the national title.

The news was announced on Twitter by a columnist for New York Times, Nicholas Kristof.

According to the US chess federation, the national chess master title is for any player who reaches a “2200 rating”.

The US body overseeing chess competitions adds that “Less than one percent of rated players hold the title. An Original Life Master is a National Master who played 300 games with a rating over 2200” points amassed from games.



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