Tani Adewumi wins North American Youth under-12

Tani Adewumi winning under-12 at North American Youth Chess Championships. Photo by Kayodo Adewumi
Tani Adewumi winning under-12 at North American Youth Chess Championships.
Photo by Kayodo Adewumi

Tanitoluwa Adewumi has been in the public eye since his story hit the news two years ago. He has also been popular is social media and appeared last year in a Puzzle Rush challenge match on Hikaru Nakamura’s Twitch channel. Since then, “Tani” has continued to make progress and earlier this year, earned the title of National Master. To follow this, over the weekend he won the under-12 North American Youth Chess Championship (NAYCC) provisionally qualifying for the title of FIDE Master.


Tanitoluwa Adewumi
Photo by Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation

(Note: According to FIDE regulation .62 on “The Award of Titles,” there is a rating provision to complete the requirement. Tani is an FM-elect.)

With the tournament schedule opening up, we will see what the last quarter of the year brings for Tani.

Results (under-12): https://chess-results.com/tnr571464.aspx?lan=1
Official Site: https://naycc2021.com/

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

One Comment

  1. Wow! Strides! I already figured he was a tad underrated by FIDE a couple of months ago because he doesn’t have the FIDE tourneys under his belt. Especially with the pandemic.

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