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Tani Adewumi to Receive Queen City Classic Shining Knight Award

19th Annual Queen City Classic Chess Tournament to be held February 28-29, 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio. December 12, 2019

The Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund announces the Shining Knight Award recipient at the upcoming 19th Annual Queen City Classic Chess Tournament to be held February 28th and 29th, 2020 at Paul Brown Stadium. Tanitoluwa Adewumi will be honored as this year’s Shining Knight at the Simul Reception on Friday, February 28th in commencement of the Tournament. The Shining Knight Award recognizes those who have demonstrated a heartfelt commitment to their communities, have been a positive role model for children and have shown a dedication to improving the lives of others.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi, known as Tani, is a Nigerian refugee who learned to play chess while living in a homeless shelter in Manhattan. He participated and won the New York State Scholastic Primary Championship at just eight years old. After his story got out, a Gofundme page raised over $200,000 for Tani and his family and instead of keeping the sum, they donated 10% to their church and the rest was used to create the Tanitoluwa Adewumi Foundation to help struggling African immigrants as they start their life in the United States.

The Queen City Classic Chess Tournament started with the aim of providing a place where children could engage with other chess enthusiasts from around the tri-state area. In its first year, after expecting only 100 participants, it sold out at 350 registrants and now over 700 chess players take part year after year, making it the largest and most anticipated annual chess tournament in the Midwest. Each year, Chess Grandmasters Maurice AshleyGregory Kaidanov and Irina Krush attend. After tremendous success with the Queen City Classic Tournament, the Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund decided to expand their reach by starting a Chess in Schools program in 2013.

After six years, the school program has grown to include over 40 schools representing over 100 weekly hours in Cincinnati and reaches over 2000 kids each year from all backgrounds. The benefits of chess instruction are tangible as children gain valuable critical thinking and strategy skills and continued advancement in the game helps foster cognitive and behavioral development as well as good sportsmanship and self esteem. Many instructors have noted an increase in test scores and academic success in children that have participated.

The 19th Annual Queen City Classic features a Simul reception and exhibition on Friday evening and an all day Tournament on Saturday February 29th, 2020.

For more information contact: Abby O’Neill, Assistant Director, at 866.577.7465 or Visit website:

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