The Queen of Katwe : One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion Paperback / softback
by Tim Crothers
One day in 2005 while searching for food, nine-year-old Ugandan Phiona Mutesi followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende. Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to empower kids in the Katwe slum through chess - a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language.
Laying a chess-board in the dirt, Robert began to teach.
At first children came for a free bowl of porridge, but many grew to love the game that - like their daily lives - requires persevering against great obstacles.
Of these kids, one girl stood out as an immense talent: Phiona. By the age of eleven Phiona was her country's junior champion, and at fifteen, the national champion.
Now a Woman Candidate Master - the first female titled player in her country's history - Phiona dreams of becoming a Grandmaster, the most elite level in chess.
But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world's most unstable coun-tries.
The Queen of Katwe is a remarkable and inspirational book that shows how 'Phiona's story transcends the limitations of the chessboard' (Robert Hess, US Grandmaster).
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 29/09/2016
- Category: Biography: sport
- ISBN: 9780349141770
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