The Queen of Katwe

The Queen of Katwe: One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 29/09/2016
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Synopsis

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).

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349141770
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 221g
  • Dimensions: 133 x 201 x 20 mm

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