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Tanitoluwa Adewumi
Number of games in database: 4
Years covered: 2020 to 2022
Highest rating achieved in database: 2305
Overall record: +2 -1 =1 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-03-2010, 13 years old) Nigeria (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Tanitoluwa Emmanuel Adewumi, nicknamed "Tani," was born in Nigeria. In June 2017, he and his family immigrated to the United States, where they first lived in a homeless shelter in Manhattan. He played in his first chess tournament in early 2018. In March 2019, he won the New York State Scholastic Championship (Kindergarten-3rd grade division), scoring 5.5/6.

The story of his winning the New York Scholastics was reported by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times, and rapidly attracted national and international attention both inside and outside the chess world. A GoFundMe site set up by his coaches raised $254,000 for his family in ten days.

On May 1, 2021, at age 10, he became a USCF National Master, making him the 28th-youngest player to do so. In August, he won the under-12 division of the North American Youth Chess Championship, scoring 8/9. In November 2021, he became a FIDE Master.

In April 2022, he scored 7/9 in the New York Spring Invitational Norm event, achieving his first IM norm. In July 2022, he won the IM C event in the New York Summer Invitational with a 7/9 score, and earning his second IM norm. He got his third IM norm at the New York GM/IM Fall Invitational.

Tani hopes to become the youngest grandmaster ever. Three film companies bid on the rights to his story, with Paramount Pictures winning. A biography, My Name Is Tani, was published on April 14, 2020.

Wikipedia article: Tanitoluwa Adewumi

Last updated: 2022-11-15 15:52:02

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Adewumi vs Nakamura 1-0382020Live ChessD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. T Adewumi vs L Rozman 1-0242022Offhand blitz gameB01 Scandinavian
3. V Matviishen vs T Adewumi  1-042202231st Chicago OpenE20 Nimzo-Indian
4. B Hardaway vs T Adewumi  ½-½432022New York Summer IMCB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
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  FSR: No bio? One game? Wow.
Nov-03-22  Rudolf Zipperer: Sad isn't it. Very talented young man.

There's a youtube video, where he just crushes IM Levy Rozman. Gives some pawns in the opening to get an incredible attack, chasing the King to the middle of the board where he gets finally mated.

Nov-03-22  Rudolf Zipperer: Here's the link to the mentioned game:
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  MissScarlett: Tragic indeed that every 12 year old FM doesn't have a write-up here.
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  FSR: <Rudolf Zipperer> I submitted the game earlier today, and it is now up. A fun game, although of course Rozman played extremely provocatively.
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  FSR: <MissScarlett> He's pretty well known. Verging on legend status already.
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  fredthebear: IM Levy Rozman has become a Tani fan (blitz games and NYC background info):
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  fredthebear: 10-year-old Tani interviewed on GMA:
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  FSR: I wrote him a bio, stolen from Wikipedia of course.
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  fredthebear: has 11 episodes of Tani Time. Like all chess players, he will take his lumps as he steps up in competition. We win some, we lose some, we draw some regardless of rating; that's just how chess is. Here's their


They have some videos of other young stars too.

Hey, some of us are just big kids. The game of chess is the same game for all of us, so good instruction is good instruction for all. If you need a refresher on en passant or the Greek gift, help yourself.

Dec-18-22  stone free or die: Not all news is bad:

<Nigerian child chess prodigy granted US asylum Published>


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