A 10-year-old Nigerian immigrant has been the United States’ national chess champion.

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Tani Adewumi, a Nigerian refugee in the United States, has won another chess competition, making her a national chess master at the age of ten.

 

Tani, whose family left Nigeria due to the Boko Haram crisis, rose to prominence in 2019 after winning the New York chess championship while staying in a homeless shelter on religious asylum.

 

His story moved people, and a GoFundMe website was set up in his honour. A sum of $254,448 was collected, assisting the chess prodigy and his family in moving into an apartment.

 

 

Tani’s success continued and it was announced earlier in the year that he will compete in the Chess Club of Fairfield County (CCFC).

 

The competition held on May 1 and Tani snagged the national title.

 

Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for New York Times, confirmed the latest feat on Twitter.

 

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.

 

Nigerian refugee, 10, becomes US national chess master

Nigerian refugee, 10, becomes US national chess master

 


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