21 January 2011

'The Queen of Katwe'

This clip, about Phiona Mutesi of Uganda, starts,

My father died of AIDS when I was three years old. My mother could no longer afford to pay my school fees. It was very hard to not be in school. I was in the slums alone. I did not have hope. Then I discovered chess.

For a written account of the same story, see Game of her life (espn.go.com).

Slum Queen (6:14) • 'Silent Images, while traveling with ESPN and serving Sports Outreach, has produced this trailer which tells the inspiring story of Phiona, the chess champion from the slums of Uganda.'

For a less charitable account of the same story, see ESPN Discovers a Chess Prodigy. Or Not. (gambit.blogs.nytimes.com).

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