The 8 year old Chess Champion

Tanitoluwa Adewumi

The 8 year old Chess Champion, Tanitoluwa Adewumi won the New York State K-3 Championship through 3rd Grade.

His story has received more attention than any chess story in a long time.

According to reports, “Tanitoluwa” had accomplished to play when he was only 7 years old. Further,  most of his rivals had been competing in tournaments for many years. It’s an invincible underdog story. Moreover, commendable of going viral and developing an flooding of donations to assist him and his family.

This touching story is also a ultimately American one. Despite his family’s circumstances, Tanitoluwa accomplished to play at a chess event in a great Manhattan public school. His mother took the drive of getting him into the school chess club, advising any honest chess fan of a analogous letter written by the mother of future U.S. world champion Bobby Fischer.

All praise to emphatic and confident chess mothers like my own, Tanitoluwa Adewumi said.

Many questions I answered as world champion pointed on why the Soviet Union formed so many great chess players. After the termination of the U.S.S.R., these questions were asked again along new national borders. “Why did Russia, or Armenia, or my native Azerbaijan have so many grandmasters?” “Was there something in the water, the genes or the schools?” And why weren’t there more chess geniuses from the United States?

Tanitoluwa Adewumi answer never changed: “Talent is universal, but opportunity is not, and talent cannot thrive in a vacuum. Finding talent is a numbers game — the more players there are, the more excellent ones will be found.”




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