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Tani Adewumi is Officially a National Chess Master at 10!



Tani Adewumi, the Nigerian refugee who claimed the New York State chess championship at the age of eight, is a name you might be familiar with. If you do, we have some exciting news for you. Tani, who is now ten years old, just won a championship and is currently a National Chess Master, according to Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist.

He won the CCFC G/30 Club Championships in Norwalk, Connecticut, earning a whopping 58 points and the title of National Master.

Tani shot to fame in 2019 when he claimed the New York State Chess Championship. He was celebrated by people and platforms around the world, including “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, who announced at the time that a biopic about the chess prodigy was in the works.

Nicholas Kristof said that the chess prodigy is a reminder that “talent is universal, but opportunity is not,” because he was fortunate enough to find a chess program near his shelter at the time.

Along with his growing chess ambition, three film companies competed for the rights to his novel, which was acquired by Paramount Pictures.

Tani’s biography, “My Name is Tani… and I Believe in Miracles,” was released on April 14, 2020. The book is available on

His mum Oluwatoyin Adewumi shared the good news via her Instagram page, “Our God has done it again today. Tanitoluwa won chess club of Fairfield Connecticut championship,” she wrote. This is the LORD’s doing, for it is Marvelous in Our Eyes. Thank you, Jesus!!!”

His coach, National Master Shawn Martinez also confirmed this news with a post on Instagram. He wrote:

#KeepPushing my boy! From the first day I met you where you barely knew how to move the pieces to now shaking hands with a 10 year old chess master and the Fairfield chess club champion! Tremendous shout out to Tani for his endless passion, drive, and work ethic! You truly earned this weekend big guy and May it propel you closer to your dreams of becoming the youngest GM! Continue to inspire the world 🌍 young lion 🦁! I’m so happy I got the chance to see you and the family today after this crazy year! May god continue to bless you and give you the strength to reach your dreams! #workhardplayhard #futuregm

Stay motivated and strive to be the best version of yourself 🚀 no matter what! #FindYourMotivation #KeepPushing

– Coach Shawn


Photo Credit: toyinqb1


  1. john

    May 5, 2021 at 1:43 am

    congratulation to him

  2. Ro

    May 6, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Wawu! Nigerians got talent. It is a great thing to see our youngster make history at a tender age. God bless your wisdom.

  3. Tife

    May 6, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    That’s amazing

  4. Tife

    May 6, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Congratulations to him!!

  5. Aileen

    May 11, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Tani, you are a true champion. Your name is the same as my daughter, Tani. My eyes teared up while reading your story. You are amazing. Thank your mother for raising such a bright child.

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