Tanitoluwa Adewumi Biography: Age, Net Worth, Parents, Chess Rating, IQ, Nationality, Father, Mother, State of Origin, IM Norm, Chess, FIDE, Chess Games

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Name:Tanitoluwa Adewumi
Date of Birth:September 3, 2010
Age:12 years (2022)
State of Origin:Ekiti State
Occupation:Chess player
Net Worth:$1 millions
Tanitoluwa Adewumi

Tanitoluwa Adewumi Biography

Tanitoluwa Emmanuel Adewumi was born on September 3, 2010; nicknamed Tani, is a Nigerian-American chess player who currently holds the title of FIDE Master (FM). 

A chess prodigy, he won the 2019 K-3 New York State chess championship at the age of 8 after playing the game for only a year while living with his refugee family in a homeless shelter in Manhattan.

Early Life and Education

Tanitoluwa is the son of Kayode James Adewumi was born on June 24, 1976, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria, and Oluwatoyin Kuburat Adewumi (born June 16, 1981, Ado Ekiti). He has a brother, Adesina Austin, who is seven years older.

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Kayode used to run a print shop in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, with 13 employees, and Oluwatoyin used to work as an accountant.

The family is devoutly Christian and said they were threatened with violence by the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram. In June 2017, they left Nigeria for the United States and sought religious asylum. 

Philip Falayi, a pastor in Queens, New York, gave them temporary accommodation, and connected them with the New York City Department of Homeless Services. They were given a place to stay in a homeless shelter in Manhattan.

Kayode took work as a dishwasher and as an Uber driver in a rented car and Oluwatoyin as a cleaner; and Tanitoluwa enrolled in elementary school P.S. 116.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi Career

Austin had taught Tanitoluwa a chess-like game called “Latter”, using a homemade board and pieces made from Play-Doh.

Shawn Martinez, the head chess coach at P.S. 116, introduced students to the game. Tanitoluwa immediately took to it and wanted to join a club run by 1700-rated coach Russell Makofsky. 

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That would have been expensive; the $330 fee included not only the cost of running the club, but also such things as entries to tournaments, travel, and accommodation. When Adewumi’s mother told Makofsky of the family’s financial situation, he waived the fee.

In early 2018, Adewumi, who had been assigned the lowest estimated rating of 105, played in his first tournament. A year later, he had accumulated seven trophies. 

His coaches were impressed by his dedication and hard work and by the progress he had made since starting as a novice.

On March 9–10, 2019, he competed in the 52nd Annual New York State Scholastic Championships (kindergarten-3rd grade division) in Saratoga Springs, New York. 

He was seeded eighth in a field of 74 with an Elo rating of 1473, more than 200 behind the top rated players. He won the event outright with a score of 5.5/6 (five wins, one draw, no losses).

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His style of play is aggressive: in his fourth game he sacrificed a bishop for a pawn, which was the best move according to a chess engine.

On May 1, 2021, at only 10 years old, Adewumi crossed the 2200 Elo rating threshold needed to achieve the official USCF title of National Master, making him the 28th-youngest chess player in history ever to do so.

In August, he won the under-12 division of the North American Youth Chess Championship with a score of 8/9. He became a FIDE Master, having surpassed a FIDE rating of 2300 in November 2021.

In April 2022, he scored 7.0/9 in the New York Spring Invitational Norm event, earning his first IM norm. In July 2022, he scored 7.0/9 in the New York Summer Invitational, winning the IMC event and earning his second IM norm.

In November 2022 he earned a third IM norm, scoring 5.5/7 at the 2022 New York Fall Invitational in the GM B event.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi

Tanitoluwa Adewumi Net Worth

Tanitoluwa Adewumi is a Nigerian-American chess player. He has an estimated net worth of $1 millions.

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