A Nigerian refugee child in United States of America, Tanitoluwa Adewunmi, has recorded a shocking victory against all opponents at the New York Open Chess competition.
Adewunmi, pulled off a huge shock by emerging winner in his category at the 2019 New York State Chess Championship.
Adewunmi, the new chess champion for kindergarten third grade, went undefeated at the state contest against many children from elite private schools, who were far ahead courtesy of elite training sessions.
The biggest surprise is that the Nigerian kid just learned how to play the chess game less than a year ago, but his play pattern developed in a very short period following his dedication, such that he has now won seven trophies and keeps them close to his bed in a homeless kids’ abode.
Mr. Kayode Adewunmi, father of the Kindergarten chess champion said the family fled northern Nigeria in 2017, fearing attacks by Boko Haram terrorists on them and other Christians. The Adewunmis took Tani and his older brother to New York City just over a year ago, and a pastor helped them into a homeless shelter.
Tani began attending the local elementary school, which has a part-time chess teacher who taught the child’s class how to play the game, while his mother, Oluwatoyin Adewunmi allowed him to join the chess club.
However, Mrs. Adewunmi, had to mail the club and confess that she could not pay fees for the programme because the family was living on shelter
She added: “He is interested in the chess programme, which he will like to be participating in;” while Tani declared: “I want to be the youngest grand-master.”