Meet 10 year-old Nigerian refugee who is now US national chess master

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

Tani, whose family fled Nigeria over Boko Haram crisis, went viral in 2019 after winning the 2019 New York chess championship while living in a homeless center on religious asylum.

However, a GoFundMe page was created for him and a total of $254,448 was raised, which helped the chess prodigy and his family to move into an apartment.

It was announced earlier in the year that he will compete in the Chess Club of Fairfield County (CCFC) and it was held on May 1 where Tani snagged the national title.

Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for New York Times on Twitter announced his victory.

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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