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Homeless 8-Year-Old Wins New York Championship Wants To Be Youngest Grandmaster

An 8-year-old living in a homeless shelter has won the New York State chess championship for his age bracket, and it’s a true example of anything in life being possible. Tanitoluwa placed first in the New York State Scholastic Championships tournament for kindergarten through third grade — a remarkable win for anyone.

“I want to be the youngest grandmaster,” Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a Nigerian refugee who goes by Tani, told The New York Times. “It’s unheard of for any kid, let alone one in a homeless shelter,” Russell Makofsky, who oversees Manhattan’s P.S. 116 chess program, told USA TODAY.

Screen Shot 2019-05-23 at 10.57.56 AM.pngTanitoluwa hasn’t had an easy life. His family left northern Nigeria in 2017 fearing attacks on Christians, The New York Times reports, and moved to New York City over a year ago where the boy learned how to play chess at school. He and his family live in a homeless shelter.

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GoFundMe for Tanitoluwa, said the family has received offers for a car, legal services, jobs and even housing. Go support this young genius and his family!

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