(Good News) He’s a Homeless Refugee —and Best at What He Does

Tanitoluwa Adewumi just owned the New York State chess championship
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.

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