10-Year-Old Tanitoluwa Adewumi is America’s Newest Chess Master

A 10-year-old boy from New York City is America’s youngest Chess Master at age 10.

Tani Adewumi and his family fled Nigeria in 2017. That’s where he first saw his dad’s computer with an app that was simply called “Chess.”

In America, he played with his brother “on a real board” after he learned at school.

Tani quickly rose to fame after winning the state chess title for his age group in 2019 after only learning how to play chess the year before.

His chess coach had set up a GoFundMe following the boy’s win, which got his family into an apartment and out of a homeless shelter.

Tani said he felt “relieved” when he “finally” achieved the title of Chess Master.

“It feels very wonderful, it feels very good. I’ve been trying to get it for some time now, since the pandemic, so it feels very relieving to finally get the title,” he said.

“It couldn’t be that much time, you’re only 10!” Stephanopoulos said.

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