US grants asylum to 12-year-old Nigerian chess prodigy and his family

Chess legend Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi and his family, who fled Nigeria in 2017 after fearing attacks by the terror group Boko Haram, have officially been granted asylum in the United States, the family confirmed to CBS News on Wednesday.

Tani, who is now 12 years old, became famous at the age of just 8, when she beat 73 of the best chess players In his age group in New York to win his division at the state championships, and set a record in the process.

The boy’s father, Kayde Adewumi, told CBS News in a text message, “We thank God for his mercy and the people of America for their mercy.” Quaid indicated that Tani would now be able to compete at the international level.

After the Adewumi family is officially granted asylum in the US in December 2022.

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In 2019, the family told CBS News that they were living in a homeless shelter while trying to support Tani’s goals of becoming a grandmaster in the sport.

at the age of 10, This Became the 28th youngest chess player to become a National Master in the US Chess Federation. He has become an International Chess Federation (FIDE) master since winning the Under-12 division of the North American Youth Chess Championship in 2021.

Tani’s father told CBS News that the family’s next goal is to obtain US citizenship.

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