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The Queen of Katwe

The Queen of Katwe

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 chess­board 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 coun­tries. 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).
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General

On Sale: 28th September 2016

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780349141770