Watch the rise of a chess prodigy – from the slums to the hallowed halls of chess in the film, Queen of Katwe starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga, and Ntare Mwine. Directed by Mira Nair and written by William Wheeler, it shows Phiona Mutesi’s life and her triumphant journey to fame.
Phiona Mutesi grew up in Katwe, a slum in Uganda. Due to her family’s financial difficulties, among other problems, she had to drop out of school at age nine although she subsequently enrolled in the chess program of the Sports Outreach Institute. She was a quick learner of chess, which enabled her to continue her education in the best chess-focused schools as well as join chess competitions. She was the first female chess player to win the National Junior Chess Championship’s open category in Uganda and was declared the champion at the Uganda National Junior Chess Championship of 2013.
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