A 10-year-old who once lived in a New York City homeless shelter has achieved a remarkable title for someone his age: chess master.
Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi became America’s newest chess master on May 1 at the age of 10 years, seven months, and 28 days, making him the 28th youngest person to achieve the status, according to the U.S. Chess Federation.
“I was very happy that I won and that I got the title,” Tani, a Nigerian refugee, told NPR. “I love that I finally got it.”
On his road to master status, Tani had to defeat two experts, a master, and an international master, the Chess Federation said.