Former US President, Clinton Praises Tani, 8-Year-Old Nigerian Chess Whizkid, Invites Him

Former U.S President, Bill Clinton has congratulated the eight-year-old Nigerian chess star, Tanitoluwa Adewunmi. Clinton also invited him and his parents to his office for a personal introduction.

The young Nigerian recently won the New York State Chess championship for his age bracket.

The New York Times reported that Tani, as the young boy is now fondly called, had won seven chess trophies including the state tournament, where he outwitted other children.

The story went viral and got the attention of Clinton.

According to the New York Times, the young chess champion’s family are taking asylum in a homeless shelter in Manhattan after they fled the Boko Haram insurgency since 2018.

Adewunmi, went undefeated at the state tournament, outwitting children from elite private schools with private chess tutors.

Tanitoluwa rating is now 1587 and rising fast and he is being compared with the world’s best player, Magnus Carlsen, who stands at 2845.

His feat has attracted commendations from parents and celebrities.

 

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