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REMEMBERING THOSE who stood up : Let the Record Show. History will do well to remember, too. One Student Giant conducting the other. The other conducts all the others.

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So, - the students all, of this great and free country, Canada, lead by this very loved, respected and admired Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, - must take it upon themselves to inform most respectfully, all the tech giants.

Once upon a time a 7-year-old refugee living in a homeless shelter sat down at a chess board in school and learned how to play. His school then agreed to his mom's plea to waive fees for him to join the chess club.

The boy wasn't any good at first. His initial chess rating was 195, barely above the lowest possible rating, 100.

But the boy, Tanitoluwa Adewumi - better known as Tani - enjoyed chess as an escape from the chaos of the homeless shelter, and his skill progressed in stunning fashion.

After little more than a year, at age 8, he won the New York State chess championship for his age group, beating well-coached children from rich private schools.

I wrote a couple of columns about Tani at that time, and readers responded by donating more than $250,000 to GoFundMe campaign for Tani's family, along with a year for free housing.

It was heartwarming to see Rani running around the family's new apartment, but I wondered. Is this kid really that good?

It turns out that he is. This month, as a fifth grader, Tani cruised through an in-person tournament in Connecticut open to advanced players of all ages and won every game. He emerged with a chess rating of 2223, making him a national master.

At 10 years 7 months and 28 days, Tani became the 28th-youngest person ever to become a chess master in the United States, according to John Harmann of U.S. Chess. Tani had one of the fastest rises, for he began playing chess only at the relatively late age of 7. And he's aiming higher.

''I want to be the youngest grandmaster,'' he told me. ''I want to have it when I am 11 or 12. '' The youngest person ever to become a grandmaster. Sergey Karjakin, achieved that honor at 12 years 7 months.

''I am delighted to see Tani's rapid progress,'' said the former world chess champion Gary Kasparov. ''The sky is the limit, and I'm the last person to say that chess is not a viable career path."

Tani has watched the Netflix series ''The Queen's Gambit.'' about an orphan girl and outsider who proves a chess prodigy. ''I definitely did see myself in it,'' he said.

He may see himself more directly on the screen. A book Tani and his parents wrote about their journey has been optioned for a feature film by Paramount Pictures. The script is being written by Steven Conrad, who wrote ''The Pursuit of Happiness,'' and Trevor Noah is to produce.

''We look back and see where we came from and where we are today, and were we hope we're going -and everytime we look back we give thanks to God,'' said his mother, Oluwatoyin Adewumi. She had just qualified as a patient care technician and is looking for work.

The family fled Nigeria because of fears of Boko Haram, the terrorist group, according to his father, Keyode Adewumi, who is now a real estate agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

When Tani won the state championship, several private schools offered him places, but the family decided to keep him in the public school that had matured him.

The Adewumis also used the $250,000 contributed by readers to start a foundation that helps other homeless people and refugees.

The Adewumis now live on Long Island, paying their own expenses, and the pandemic has been a struggle. Told that Tani needed a top chess coach to develop, the family scrimped and hired a grandmaster, Giorgi Kacheishvilli, to coach Tani three times a week,'' his father said.

Another challenge is travel. Tani is sometimes invited to tournaments abroad, but can't go while his immigration case is pending for fear he might not be allowed back into the United States.

The larger lesson of Tani's story is simple : Talent is universal, while opportunity is not. In Tani's case, everything came together.

His homeless shelter was in a school district that had a chess club, the school waived fees, he had devoted parents who took him to every practice, he won the state tournament [by hair] and readers responded with extraordinary generosity.

But opportunity shouldn't require a perfect alignment of the stars. Winning a state chess tournament is not a scalable solution to child's homelessness.

My challenge as a columnist is that readers often want to help extraordinary individuals like Tani whom I write about, but we need to support all children - including those who aren't chess prodigies.

That requires policy as well as philanthropy, so let me note : President Biden's proposed investments in children, such as child tax credits and universal pre-K, would revolutionize opportunity for all struggling children.

Maybe we can be inspired by the wisdom of America's newest chess master. I asked Tani how he feels when he loses.

''When you lose, you have made a mistake, and that can help you learn,'' he told me. ''I never lose. I learn.''

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Talent and Opportunities and Students, and the Economic World, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Nicholas Kristof for his opinion.

With most respectful dedication to President Joe Biden, Leaders All, Grandparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011 :

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