Homeless 8-year-old refugee wins New York chess championship

Homeless 8-year-old refugee wins New York chess championship
(Source: NBC News)

(WLBT) - An 8-year-old homeless Nigerian refugee won first place at the New York state chess championship last weekend.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi started playing chess a year ago and practices every day for hours, reports NBC New York.

The third-grader immigrated to the United States with his Christian family two years ago after seeking religious asylum from Nigeria.

His father works two jobs and his mother recently passed a home healthcare course.

Adewumi and his family have been living in a homeless shelter which only allows him to practice chess on the floor.

Russell Makofsky, who oversees the chess program at Adewumi’s school, launched a GoFundMe page to help Adewumi and his family move out of their homeless shelter.

It only took a few days to surpass the goal of $50,000 - it is currently over $175,000.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi will head to the national championship in May.

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