Meet Tanitoluwa, 8, who conquered the world of chess in the US

Meet Tanitoluwa, 8, who conquered the world of chess in the US

- A Nigerian boy is being celebrated as a champion in the world of chess

- The 8-year-old proved his mettle and won the New York State Chess Championship in his age category

- Tanitoluwa Adewumi moved to the United States due to terrorist attacks in his hometown in Nigeria

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In an interview with Newsday, the little boy spoke about his life as a chess player and what he wishes to achieve as a talented player.

The 8-year-old explained that he prepared for the games by practising on chess-playing sites. He said he was introduced to the sport of chess in class at school.

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Tanitoluwa Adewumi

Meet 8-year-old Tanitoluwa Adewumi who has ‘conquered the world of chess’ in the US Source: Zebranewsonline.com

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According to the little boy, he likes the game of chess because it is a thinking game. He also noted that his favourite player of all time is his chess coach.

Adewumi revealed that his goal is to become the youngest chess grand-master in the world and also to break the world champion record.

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Tanitoluwa Adewumi

Adewumi had left Nigeria due to Boko Haram attacks in his hometown Source: thehill.com

Briefly.co.za learnt that the boy, who left Nigeria with his family in 2017, started playing chess in 2018. His mother revealed that he only started learning and playing chess a year ago.

Adewumi, his brother, his mother and father had left Nigeria due to attacks by Boko Haram in his hometown. According to the BBC, the family now lives in a homeless shelter in the United States.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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