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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund Honors Child Chess Prodigy This Weekend

 From being homeless to becoming a chess star: 
Tani Adewumi to receive the 'Shining Knight' award this weekend...

Tanitoluwa Adewumi, child chess prodigy, will be at Queen City Chess Tournament this weekend.
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By Jessie Eden

This weekend, one extraordinary kid will be honored at the Queen City Classic Chess Tournament.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi, know as Tani, is just 8 years old. After just one year of playing chess while living in a homeless shelter in Manhattan, Tani won the New York State Scholastic Primary Championship.

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This Friday, Tani will be in Cincinnati and the Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund will award him with the Shining Knight Award at the commencement of the 19th Annual Queen City Classic Chess Tournament at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Shining Knight Award award recognizes those who have demonstrated a heartfelt commitment to their communities and have been a positive role model for children with a dedication to improving the lives of others.

"At the Queen City Chess Classic we have had the good fortune of meeting some amazing people who have changed their lives through chess. But, we have never heard a story like Tani Adewumi, said Cris. "Not only has he changed the life of his family, his inspirational story is moving people who have never had the slightest interest in chess. We are blessed to have this child prodigy in Cincinnati to inspire our young players."

Tani's inspiring story of overcoming homelessness has been featured on the Today Show,
CNN, CBS This Morning, and in the New York Times. Tani was also featured in a short film documentary called "The Magic of Chess" by Jenny Schweitzer Bell. After news of his story spread, 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 which helps struggling African immigrants as they start their life in the United States.

Tani wins!
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The Queen City Classic Chess Tournament started as an idea of providing a place where children could engage with other chess enthusiasts from around the tri-state area. Throughout almost 20 years, the event draws 600-700 players and it has become the largest and most anticipated annual chess tournament in the Midwest.

After tremendous success with the Queen City Classic Tournament and seeing the positive impact of chess on children, the Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund decided to expand their reach by starting a "Chess in Schools" program in 2013.

Over the past six years, the school program has grown to include over 40 schools representing over 100 weekly hours in Cincinnati. It reaches over 2,000 kids each year from all different backgrounds.

To learn more about the Queen City Classic this weekend, click here.

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