Nigerian Boy Becomes Chess Champion In New York

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Tanitoluwa Adewumi

An eight-year-old who left his home in northern Nigeria in 2017 because of attacks by militant Islamists has become a chess champion in the US.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi lives in a shelter in the US with his mother Oluwatoyin, father Kayode and older brother, and when he showed an interest in chess his mother got him to join a local club.

He has been playing for just over a year, but hours of practice and hard work have paid off – he has just won top prize in his age category at the New York State Chess Championship.

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