- 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
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.
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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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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