Phiona Mutesi: Teen Ugandan Chess Prodigy

The Current

She was nine years old when she stumbled upon the game ... dirty, smelly, hungry and transformed ... mesmerized by the tiny smooth pieces - the Knight, the Rook, the Pawn. And so a girl from one of the most destitute places on the planet became a chess champion and found something few kids in the Ugandan slum of Katwe can even recognize … A Dream. Today we bring you the story of how a 16-year-old girl from one of the worst slums in all of East Africa changed her life by mastering a game that doesn't even have a name in her native language.

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