By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2019 1:47 PM CDT
(NEWSER) – After the college admissions scandal, this is refreshing: A homeless 8-year-old immigrant just smoked his category at the New York State chess championship, the Hillreports. Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who lives with his family in a Manhattan shelter, went undefeated last weekend among kindergartners to third graders. “I want to be the youngest grandmaster,” he tells Nicholas Kristof at the New York Times while displaying a big trophy. It’s an incredible leap for the third grader who arrived from Nigeria in 2017 and only began learning chess about a year ago. His elementary school waived fees for him to join the chess program, and he competed in the tournament last year with the lowest rating of any player, 105.