Queen of Katwe: From the slums to Disney

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Queen of Katwe is a Disney movie featuring Phiona Mutesi female chess player raised in the slum of katwe in the capital city of Uganda.

Queen of Katwe
Queen of Katwe

Who is Phiona Mutesi ? 

According to ESPN magazine, Mutesi is a Ugandan National whose date of birth is not clearly know since they hardly had calender’s in the slums to record her birth date.  Lost her father at the Age of 3 and dropped out of school at the Age of 6. At the Age of 8 she almost died because of Malaria. Phiona’s Mother Harriet Mutesi testifies that they were too broke to take her for treatment until she borrowed from her sister. Phiona was introduced to chess at the Age of 9 and at the age of 16 she won her first tittle in Sudan that was organised for children.

Did she play in the World Chess Olympiad in Russia?

Yes. In the fall of 2010, Phiona was selected to represent Africa at the World Chess Olympiad in Siberia, Russia as the second-seeded player for the Ugandan Team. She was 14 and her nine teammates were all in their 20s. She was to face women in the match, including her first opponent, Canadian national champion Dina Kagramanov, born in Baku, Azerbaijan, the same hometown as chess champion Gary Kasparov. Phiona lost the match, but Kagramanov commented later that she absorbs things like a sponge and posseses a gift that gives her the potential for greatness. The next day she lost a closer match against Elaine Lin Yu-Tong of Taiwan, which she felt she should have won. A third match against Khaled Mona, the women’s grandmaster from Egypt, also proved fatal, as did a fourth against Angolan Sonia Rosalina. Coach Katende regretted her No. 2 seeding, but she was learning with each defeat and won her fifth match against an Ethiopian, Haregeweyn Abera, an African teenager like her. -ESPN The Magazine

Queen of Katwe Actors

Queen of Katwe Actors
Queen of Katwe Actors

The movie premiered on 23rd september in Los Angels and more premiers are going to be cast around the world. The movie depicts the entire life of Phiona Mutesi.

 

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