Eight-year-old homeless refugee who fled violence in Nigeria is crowned the chess champion of New York

By JENNIFER SMITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

An eight-year-old boy who fled Nigeria with his family and is now living in a homeless shelter in New York City while his asylum application pends has been crowned the state’s chess champion for his age group.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi won the state tournament for his group, from kindergarten through third grade, last weekend.

The boy and his family fled their home in Nigeria in 2017 in fear for their lives and have been living in a homeless shelter ever since while their application for asylum pends.

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