Queen of Katwe

by Tim Crothers

KSh 1,390

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 chess-board 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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Sub-title: One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion
Author: Tom Crothers
ISBN: 9780349141770
Country: Uganda
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Size (mm): 159 x 197 x 20
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Weight 235g
Language: English
Publication Date: August 2013

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Tim Crothers

Tim Crothers is a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated who is currently a journalism professor and a freelance sportswriter. He is the author of The Man Watching, a biography of Anson Dorrance, the legendary coach of the University of North Carolina women's soccer team, co-author of Hard Work, the autobiography of UNC basketball coach Roy Williams, and author of The Queen of Katwe, the story of a 16-year-old female chess champion from the slums of Kampala, Uganda. Crothers lives with his wife and two children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.