From homeless refugee to 9-year-old chess master

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    Marked for death by Boko Haram in Nigeria, Kayode Adewumi made the difficult decision to leave behind everything he had, and flee with his family to America. Working for pennies and living in a homeless shelter, his children were placed in a public school that happened to have a very strong chess program, and his son Tani fell in love with the game. They couldn't afford the fees for him to join the club, so the coach convinced the school to waive them. They couldn't afford the entry fees for Tani to play in tournaments, so his coach convinced tournament organizers to waive them. Over the next couple of years, he proved himself a prodigy of the game, won the New York scholastic championship, and is now a 2,200+ ranked master at age nine. Tani's goal is to become the youngest grandmaster in history, which he has about three years to accomplish.

    The story of how his family escaped certain death, Tani found his passion, and the community rallied around a family of refugees who came to this country for one reason: to live, from ESPN.
     
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    Do you have a link for the bishop sacrifice game?
     
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    No, unfortunately. I looked, but not very hard. I'm sure it's on the interwebs somewhere.
     

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