A Nigerian boy, Tanitoluwa Adewumi, has emerged the winner of the state-wide New York’s chess championship in the third-grade category.
The newly crowned 8-year-old chess champion for kindergarten through third grade, went undefeated at the state tournament last weekend, outwitting children from elite private schools with private chess tutors, New York Times reports.
It was stated that Teni who lives with his family in a homeless shelter in Manhattan joined his school’s chess club and the club’s organizer waived the fees for him because of his family’s financial situation.
Adding that his family left Nigeria in 2017 due to fear of terror attacks from Boko Haram.
The third grader winner is now preparing for the elementary national championship in May.
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