A homeless 8-year-old, who learned to play a year ago, is now a New York chess champion

Tanitoluwa (Tani) Adewumi only learned to play chess about a year ago, but he won the New York State Scholastic Primary Championship in his age bracket.

(CNN)Against the odds, a young Nigerian immigrant proved that hard work pays off.

Tanitoluwa (Tani) Adewumi, a third grader at P.S. 116 in New York, has won the New York State Scholastic Primary Championship in his age bracket.