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The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster Based On A Popular ESPN Magazine Article Selected By Dave Eggers For The Best American Nonrequired Reading And A Finalist For A National Magazine Award, The Inspiring True Story Of Phiona Mutesi, A Teenage Chess Prodigy From The Slums Of Kampala, UgandaIONA MUTESI Sleeps In A Decrepit Shack With Her Mother And Three Siblings And Struggles To Find A Single Meal Each Day Phiona Has Been Out Of School Most Of Her Life Because Her Mother Cannot Afford It, So She Is Only Now Learning To Read And Write Phiona Mutesi Is Also One Of The Best Chess Players In The WorldOne Day In , While Searching For Food, Nine Year Old Phiona Followed Her Brother To A Dusty Veranda Where She Met Robert Katende, Who Had Also Grown Up In The Kampala Slums Katende, A War Refugee Turned Missionary, Had An Improbable Dream To Empower Kids Through Chess A Game So Foreign There Is No Word For It In Their Native Language Laying A Chessboard In The Dirt Of The Katwe Slum, Robert Painstakingly Taught The Game Each Day When He Left At Night, Slum Kids Played On With Bottlecaps On Scraps Of Cardboard At First They Came For A Free Bowl Of Porridge, But Many Grew To Love Chess, A Game That Like Their Daily Lives Means Persevering Against Great Obstacles Of These Kids, One Stood Out As An Immense Talent PhionaBy The Age Of Eleven Phiona Was Her Country S Junior Champion And At Fifteen, The National Champion In September , She Traveled To Siberia, A Rare Journey Out Of Katwe, To Compete In The Chess Olympiad, The World S Most Prestigious Team Chess Event Phiona S Dream Is To One Day Become A Grandmaster, The Most Elite Title In Chess But To Reach That Goal, She Must Grapple With Everyday Life In One Of The World S Most Unstable Countries, A Place Where Girls Are Taught To Be Mothers, Not Dreamers, And The Threats Of AIDS, Kidnapping, And Starvation Loom Over The PeopleLike Katherine Boo S Behind The Beautiful Forevers And Gayle Tzemach Lemmon S The Dressmaker Of Khair Khana, The Queen Of Katwe Is An Intimate And Heartrending Portrait Of Human Life On The Poor Fringes Of The Twenty First Century


10 thoughts on “The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster

  1. says:

    very Inspirational story


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    Before you get too excited about this amazing, heart warming, life affirming story, soon to be filmed by Disney, you might want to check out Phiona Mutesi s FIDE rating page.____________________Or if you want stillfacts, as opposed to romantic speculations, there are 25 of her games here Call me a cold blooded, unpoetic chess player, but try as I will I cannot see any of the amazing talent described for example in this article Sorry Before you get too excited about this amazing, heart warming, life affirming story, soon to be filmed by Disney, you might want to check out Phiona Mutesi s FIDE rating page.____________________Or if you want stillfacts, as opposed to romantic speculations, there are 25 of her games here Call me a cold blooded, unpoetic chess player, but try as I will I cannot see any of the amazing talent described for example in this article Sorry


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    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestChess is a lot like a language the pieces are the phonemes, and their movements are morphemes The positions they make together on the board are like sentences and phrases, and a talented enough chess player can really make a statement.When you think about it, chess is downright magical A universal language that transcends geographical and cultural boundaries A language so universal that even villagers in rural Uganda can speak it.Mos Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestChess is a lot like a language the pieces are the phonemes, and their movements are morphemes The positions they make together on the board are like sentences and phrases, and a talented enough chess player can really make a statement.When you think about it, chess is downright magical A universal language that transcends geographical and cultural boundaries A language so universal that even villagers in rural Uganda can speak it.Most of the nonfiction I read tends to run along the girl power route, so obviously I was thrilled when I found a girl power book that was not just about one of my favorite activities but also about a woman of color competing in a game that is dominated by men It s been turned into a movie, too A movie I desperately want to see, which stars Lupita Nyong o How could this not be good WellI noticed a lot of the reviews for this book were not so great That surprised me, because books like these usually have great reviews because people find them so inspiring or interesting As I began to read the book, I began to understand why so many people had reservations about QUEEN OF KATWE I ll list the reasons out as I go and talk about them, because the reviewers really hit the nail on the head in this case.1 Phiona Mutesi is not actually a grandmaster There s an alternate title of the book, The Queen of Katwe A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster It never explicitly states that she is a grandmaster, but it could be perceived as misleading Maybe that s why it changed The other title isattention getting, but I like this one better It really captures her journey and ambitions in a sentence And her rookie status actually didn t bother me that much, because I m a rookie player too, and I don t think it s a stretch to call her a champion since she really is the best chess player in Ugandaeven if that s setting the bar low.2 This book is not just Phiona Mutesi s story This is true Most of the book is about Phiona but there are a lot of lengthy digressions We learn about the history of Phiona s teacher and the leader of the Sports Outreach program that allowed chess to be possible for Phiona and her friends, Robert Katende We also learn about the white people who funded the charity and the white people who created the scholarship that allowed Phiona to go to school These parts were interesting, especially Katende s, but they weren t Phiona s story I could see why people were annoyed.3 They took religion out of the movie version this book is very preachy Religion plays a fairly big role in this story because the Sports Outreach program was a Christian charity funded and founded by Christians Robert Katende gives sermons targeted for young people that wouldn t be out of place in a Veggie Tales cartoon I didn t mind this Religion can cause people do want to do great things in the right hands, it s a tool that lets people plunge the depths of spiritual goodness I admire the faith and devotion of those who use their belief in God for good That said, I can also understand why religion was left out of the movie As controversial as it is, I think the message is that you don t have to have religion to have a moral compass that points you to better the world Being secular makes the storyuniversally accessible.4 The writing was not good I sort of half agree on this one The writing was not high brow or particularly polished, but the author got the story across in a way that was readable and interesting Could it have been organized better Probably Honestly, though, it wasn t bad Phiona is such an interesting subject and I liked how the author kind of got swept up in chess, too He makes it sound interesting, which is hard to do in books about chess reading about it just isn t that interesting.So yeah, the book has some flaws, and Phiona was built up to be a little greater than she actually is at least at the moment , but I liked THE QUEEN OF KATWE It s got girl power and chess, and it s basically a biography of a girl s hopes and dreams as they re in the process of being fulfilled We don t know if she ll make it and neither does she, but she s working as hard as she can, against all of the odds, to make it happen If that s not inspiring, I don t know what is.3 stars


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    After a 5 page prologue about Phiona, we jump through a series of stories about other people I found it to be very disjointed and confusing Even now, after reading 100 pages, when I go back, I have no idea who some of these people really are What really gets me is that every person s story starts with their grandparent or parent s story, meaning that we have evenpeople to sort out People that are not essential to the story Right now I m at the point where he s introducing the mission After a 5 page prologue about Phiona, we jump through a series of stories about other people I found it to be very disjointed and confusing Even now, after reading 100 pages, when I go back, I have no idea who some of these people really are What really gets me is that every person s story starts with their grandparent or parent s story, meaning that we have evenpeople to sort out People that are not essential to the story Right now I m at the point where he s introducing the missionaries that brought the soccer chess program to Uganda and he s telling their stories in the same way I feel like if I have to read about another person s unrelated and irrelevant parent grandparent s life, I might toss the book across the room What I really am interested in is Phiona s life For the record, page 1 67 99 114 or a total of 82 pages and 36% of a 229 page book are not about the title character


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    Powerful, heart breaking, inspiring, troubling, I don t know exactly how to describe this story of a young girl growing up in one of the worse slums in Uganda who becomes one of the best chess players on the continent If this were not non fiction, I would criticize it for its implausibility Although Phiona Mutesi is the chess champion to which the title refers, this is about an entire group of slum children who find hope, support, intellectual stimulation, self esteem and direction in a church Powerful, heart breaking, inspiring, troubling, I don t know exactly how to describe this story of a young girl growing up in one of the worse slums in Uganda who becomes one of the best chess players on the continent If this were not non fiction, I would criticize it for its implausibility Although Phiona Mutesi is the chess champion to which the title refers, this is about an entire group of slum children who find hope, support, intellectual stimulation, self esteem and direction in a church run program that has brought this game of the elite to the poorest of the poor These children, lacking decent education, adequate food, basic shelter and stable families, are excelling at a game that most find challenging Sadly, there is no money to allow Phiona or the other children to attend international tournaments, to meet the requirements of becoming a Grand Master, of pursuing their dreams of an education or finding any way to realize their amazing potential as human beings Life is so unfair Although I found the story to be so powerful, I thought the writing was a bit average Maybe that was a good thing because it did allow these young people to draw all the attention


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    I can say that I enjoyed this book, however it was a book that took it s toll We often forget that even in this day and age there are people and places that are not as fortunate as we in America are.Robert Katende started soccer lessons in Uganda When he realized that not all children could play soccer he started teaching children the game of chess To get the children to participate he would feed them, a bowl of porridge, often the only meal these slum children from Katwe received in a day P I can say that I enjoyed this book, however it was a book that took it s toll We often forget that even in this day and age there are people and places that are not as fortunate as we in America are.Robert Katende started soccer lessons in Uganda When he realized that not all children could play soccer he started teaching children the game of chess To get the children to participate he would feed them, a bowl of porridge, often the only meal these slum children from Katwe received in a day Phiona was introduced to the game of chess at the age of 9 by her brother She started out being taught by the only other girl going to the lessons a 3 year old She grew and started to excel at chess As she progressed she remained the only girl advanced enough to attend the various conferences, when the money could be found to get her there She won her chess matches and advanced to the adult women s division again she won Phiona does not want to become a wife like her sisters and her mother and scrape everyday just for food to feed her children for that day To sleep in a hut with a dirt floor, no windows, and sewage running by the door She wants out of the slums She helps her mother and sister, but her dream is to be able to advance her skills to a Masters in chess Coming from severe poverty, with the worry of starvation, kidnapping or genocide, chess may be the one thing that can pull Phiona out of the slums and save her life Great human interest story, sadly with an unstable future outcome


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    I got about 30% into the book and returned it because I had paid 11 for it and decided I wanted my money back.I might not have written a review at all, but because I m a chess coach and chess author I felt that I had a duty to report my experience with the book.I did not post my review onI wanted to, but since I have the number one best seller onkindle chess currently, I only wanted to write a review on there if it was positive I didn t want it to look like I was trying to sab I got about 30% into the book and returned it because I had paid 11 for it and decided I wanted my money back.I might not have written a review at all, but because I m a chess coach and chess author I felt that I had a duty to report my experience with the book.I did not post my review onI wanted to, but since I have the number one best seller onkindle chess currently, I only wanted to write a review on there if it was positive I didn t want it to look like I was trying to sabotage the competition.Here on goodreads I doubt this review would help sales of my tactics book, so I think it is ok I doubt people on goodreads are looking for chess books in general.I very much wanted to read this book I still want to learnabout this amazing woman who became a very strong chess player, and yet grew up in such unspeakable circumstances.And yet I was a good percentage in to the book and other than the preface which gives a rather odd and I think, misleading view of tournament chess the girl who becomes the chess player has not yet been mentioned I cannot tell if the author is describing relatives, ancestors or what because he doesn t explain who these people are and why he is telling me about them He just starts telling about random people from Uganda, with no mention of the girl chess player, and no clear direction that that s even where he is going.Certainly I get a picture of the ugliness of life in Uganda, and just how difficult it would be to succeed at chess there At first I only gave this book one star, but since it is at least interesting and informative I decided to add two extra stars, after thinking about that for a while, Oneproblem I have with the book, was the author calling her a chess master, when she only has a FIDE rating of 1600 By that measurement I am a chess master myself She is a woman candidate master, it turns out To gain this title you need a certain number of international wins, and it hasto do with something called norms I won t go into what that means, but I felt the author Tim Crothers should have.Granted, her circumstances make it amazing that she became anything other than another dead 12 yr old in the streets of Uganda, but I can t really speak of her circumstances as I gave up before I ever got to them.In order to just learnabout this amazing girl I suggest Wikipedia would be better than this book, but if you want to learn about how difficult life is in Uganda, perhaps this is a good book to read


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    I enjoyed the story told here The title pretty much says what it s about, a girl from the slums of Uganada learning chess, and learning how it may be the thing that helps her rise out of her poverish start.As others have commented there is a lot of other filler story around Phiona s story For me I think there is an important piece of the story there in that Crother s describes the multigenerational poverty that has stricken these people Sometimes he sides steps the main story to add these lit I enjoyed the story told here The title pretty much says what it s about, a girl from the slums of Uganada learning chess, and learning how it may be the thing that helps her rise out of her poverish start.As others have commented there is a lot of other filler story around Phiona s story For me I think there is an important piece of the story there in that Crother s describes the multigenerational poverty that has stricken these people Sometimes he sides steps the main story to add these little vignettes It does disjoint the flow of the main story, but I don t find it too hard to remember two things at once.It was an easy, quick read I would recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of a heartwarming story, has interest in homelessness and poverty, or enjoys sports I recieved this book from the publisher via GR giveaway


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    This is such a perfect title for this book queen, both a chess piece and the girl who defies all odds with grace and beauty Sometimes one reads not to learn or know something, but simply to meet a person so extraordinary one thinks of her time and again That is how I feel about this girl I think of her time and again.This is a book that will change your perspective on many things, perhaps but most importantly, it will show you the importance of never giving up, even when the something desir This is such a perfect title for this book queen, both a chess piece and the girl who defies all odds with grace and beauty Sometimes one reads not to learn or know something, but simply to meet a person so extraordinary one thinks of her time and again That is how I feel about this girl I think of her time and again.This is a book that will change your perspective on many things, perhaps but most importantly, it will show you the importance of never giving up, even when the something desired looks like a lost cause This book spoke to the teacher in me but I suspect everyone reading it will walk away with a different lesson learned There are so many meaningful moments in the book.Phiona Mutesi has grown up in Uganda, in what must be the worst slum in the entire world Katwe Katwe, where human life has no value and girls are considered to be a little less than human It is only through Phiona s grim determination to trudge through oneday, and then oneand one after that, that she survives at all Phiona shouldn t have survived Born to a teen mother with older children and other responsibilities born of a father who would soon die of AIDS with another family to support to a nation that sees thousands of its children dying from starvation and disease Phiona shouldn t have become a queen and her story is no fairy tale It is indeed onemagical for it is marked by simple human perseverance A story of a regular girl, under terribly adverse circumstances, who triumphs by finding the beauty within herself I don t know if there are happily ever after s for her I am too fearful to follow up with research.This is a story that anyone could love sports enthusiasts, chess enthusiasts and those, like me, who just love a beautiful story about a remarkable life


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    The entire time I was reading the choppy, short sentences and rambling interviews in this book, I felt as if I were reading a very, very long newspaper or magazine article After reading the about the author section and learning he used to be an editor for Sports Illustrated, it all made sense.If you like reading Sports Illustrated, this book might be for you If you like reading a hundred pages of backstory information about the dozens of family members of main characters, you re in luck How The entire time I was reading the choppy, short sentences and rambling interviews in this book, I felt as if I were reading a very, very long newspaper or magazine article After reading the about the author section and learning he used to be an editor for Sports Illustrated, it all made sense.If you like reading Sports Illustrated, this book might be for you If you like reading a hundred pages of backstory information about the dozens of family members of main characters, you re in luck However, if you want to read about Phiona, the Queen of Katwe and title character in this book, you might want to check Wikipedia and save yourself the trouble


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