Meet The 8-Year-Old Refugee Who Won New York State’s Chess Championship | NBC Nightly News

Meet The 8-Year-Old Refugee Who Won New York State’s Chess Championship | NBC Nightly News


MANY OBSTACLES TO BECOME A CHESS MASTER. MASTER. HERE’S HARRY SMITH. HERE’S HARRY SMITH.>>I CAN’T GO THERE.>>I CAN’T GO THERE.>>NO.>>NO.>>Reporter: KANA TALUA IS>>Reporter: KANA TALUA IS TENACIOUS AND SMART, AND LIKE TENACIOUS AND SMART, AND LIKE OTHER GOOD CHESS PLAYERS, HE OTHER GOOD CHESS PLAYERS, HE SIMPLY SEES THINGS ON IS BOARD SIMPLY SEES THINGS ON IS BOARD HIS OPPONENTS DO NOT. HIS OPPONENTS DO NOT.>>WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT CHESS>>WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT CHESS IS DEEP THINKING. IS DEEP THINKING.>>DEEP THINKING?>>DEEP THINKING?>>YEAH.>>YEAH. DEEP. DEEP.>>Reporter: HE HANDILY WON THE>>Reporter: HE HANDILY WON THE NEW YORK STATE CHESS TOURNAMENT NEW YORK STATE CHESS TOURNAMENT IN HIS AGE GROUP THIS YEAR, NOT IN HIS AGE GROUP THIS YEAR, NOT BAD FOR AN 8-YEAR-OLD WHO ONLY BAD FOR AN 8-YEAR-OLD WHO ONLY LEARNED TO PLAY THE GAME A YEAR LEARNED TO PLAY THE GAME A YEAR AGO. AGO. HIS FAMILY CAME TO AMERICA FROM HIS FAMILY CAME TO AMERICA FROM NIGERIA TWO YEARS AGO. NIGERIA TWO YEARS AGO. CHRISTIANS FLEEING PERSECUTION, CHRISTIANS FLEEING PERSECUTION, HIS DAD WORKS TWO JOBS AND HIS HIS DAD WORKS TWO JOBS AND HIS MOTHER JUST PASSED A HOME HEALTH MOTHER JUST PASSED A HOME HEALTH CARE COURSE. CARE COURSE. WHERE DO YOU LIVE? WHERE DO YOU LIVE?>>WE LIVE IN SHELTER.>>WE LIVE IN SHELTER.>>Reporter: THEY’RE HOMELESS.>>Reporter: THEY’RE HOMELESS. ONE OF HIS COACHES STARTED A ONE OF HIS COACHES STARTED A GOFUNDME PAGE TO HELP OUT. GOFUNDME PAGE TO HELP OUT. AND AS TANI’S STORY SPREAD THE AND AS TANI’S STORY SPREAD THE MONEY STARTED POURING IN. MONEY STARTED POURING IN.>>PEOPLE ARE GOOD.>>PEOPLE ARE GOOD. PEOPLE WANT TO SUPPORT THEM. PEOPLE WANT TO SUPPORT THEM.>>Reporter: THEY’RE>>Reporter: THEY’RE OVERWHELMED, PROUD OF THEIR SON OVERWHELMED, PROUD OF THEIR SON WHO IS HEADING TO NATIONALS IN WHO IS HEADING TO NATIONALS IN MAY, AND STUNNED BY THE MAY, AND STUNNED BY THE GENEROSITY OF A CITY AND COUNTRY GENEROSITY OF A CITY AND COUNTRY WHERE THEY PRAYED TO FIND WHERE THEY PRAYED TO FIND REFUGE. REFUGE.>>I’M SO PROUD OF HIM.>>I’M SO PROUD OF HIM.>>Reporter: LIKE IN CHESS,>>Reporter: LIKE IN CHESS, MAKING THE RIGHT MOVE CAN MAKE

24 thoughts on “Meet The 8-Year-Old Refugee Who Won New York State’s Chess Championship | NBC Nightly News

  1. God uses people to make examples of. This young boy will grow up to be something great. I love immigrants because with out them American can never be great. We are great because of kids like this. We are great because of all the wonderful races of humans who have migrated here to become Americans and that includes white people. We all make American great.

  2. i would love to see him go against a street hustler to see the shock and awe in the hustlers face

  3. such a huge difference between africans and afro americans. sometimes i question if i am racist. but how am i racist if i love africans like this little boy but i hate bonqueshas from MLK and 18th

  4. Now let's see how long it will take for white folks to change the rules of the game so THEY will have the advantage.

  5. I feel bad for American kids, the only way to get ahead these days is to play the race or persecution card , 3 able bodied adults ride the coat tails of the youngest member of the family ,until the welfare check comes in.

  6. Imagine how many really intelligent children there are out there in the world, that never get the chance of growing up. We lose people who might be the ones who could be the future Nobel Prize laurates, the ones who might be able to find a cure for cancer or other disceases, to starvation, wars, epidemics, lack of vaccines, lack of water, lack of education.

  7. Tani's Chess coach, Shawn Martinez, is so darned talented and dedicated at what he does. Check out MatesonMats.com to see Shawn's most recent project integrating Yoga and Chess. I'm so honored to be Shawn's partner in this endeavor so we can serve even more amazing and adorable kids like Tani!

  8. I alway's thought grandmaster level chess players were born with that ability. Either you have it, or you don't. Here's another child born with that ability. I hope he does become a world champion someday.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *