Tanitoluwa Olaoye, a New York City-based Nigerian and 10-year old boy, has surprisingly emerged as a U.S National Champion of Chess.
The talented Nigerian might not have expected such an uncommon feat as winning the championship of state chess, not even when he lived in a “homeless shelter” at the age of 8.
Adewumi was awarded the champion of chess by virtue of his latest rating at the recent game, he rated not less than 2223, thereby exceeding the 2200 required to win the game.
This groundbreaking event rocked just two years after he came to the awareness of the nation and by carrying the day at the National State Chess Championship. He was reported to have mastered chess within a year, this was after he arrived alongside his family members in 2017. He reportedly came to the United States from Nigeria owing to the threat constituted by terrorist attacks in the country.
The family which lived in an homeless shelter in New York, seized the opportunity of a school nearby (specialized in chess) to enroll the young lad.
On people getting to hear this, a total of $254,000 was gathered via a GoFundMe Fundraiser account. This whooping amount gathered via the kind gesture of some noble American citizens helped the family move to a better home where they currently reside.