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

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

The Queen of Katwe One Girl s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion Already optioned for film by Disney directed by Mira Nair The Queen of Katwe is the inspirational story of a teenage girl from one of the poorest slums in Africa who thanks to one small effort to em

  • Title: The Queen of Katwe: One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion
  • Author: Tim Crothers
  • ISBN: 9780307360991
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • Already optioned for film by Disney directed by Mira Nair, The Queen of Katwe is the inspirational story of a teenage girl from one of the poorest slums in Africa who, thanks to one small effort to empower children through sport, became an international chess champion Phiona Mutesi, is a 15 year old girl born and raised in a miserable slum called Katwe in Kampala, Uganda.Already optioned for film by Disney directed by Mira Nair, The Queen of Katwe is the inspirational story of a teenage girl from one of the poorest slums in Africa who, thanks to one small effort to empower children through sport, became an international chess champion Phiona Mutesi, is a 15 year old girl born and raised in a miserable slum called Katwe in Kampala, Uganda Phiona Mutesi is also one of the top chess players in the world By the age of 11, in 2007, Phiona was her country s junior chess champion and at 15, her country s national champion In September of 2010 she traveled to Siberia, just her 2nd time ever on an airplane, to compete in the Chess Olympiad, the world s most prestigious team chess event While there, Phiona proved herself to be on par with the greatest players in the sport Her goal is to one day become a grandmaster, the most elite title in chess, and to blaze a trail out of Katwe that other children in her chess community can follow The Queen of Katwe is the ultimate underdog 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 still more facts, 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.

    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 chur [...]

    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 even more people to sort out. People that are not essential to the story.Right now I'm at the point where he's introducing the missiona [...]

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    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestChess 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 n [...]

    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 on amazon. I wanted to, but since I have the number one best seller on amazon kindle 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 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 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 l [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    The writing is a bit too dry, but it can't really mask a fabulous story of redemption and hope where none were supposed to exist. Very inspirational and uplifting, I truly hope this story gets a happy ending and that all good people involved get rewarded and find happiness.

    Way different feel from the movie. In the movie, Katwe in some ways almost looked fun, with the music and dancing etc. In the book, you get a real sense of the despair that prevails in that kind of poverty. I was humbled and made grateful for the things I have. Humble by American standards, but all a citizen of Katwe would dream of. This story inspired me to look around to see how I can help. Made me grateful for my education. In general, pulled my head out of the materialistic nonsense I can ge [...]

    Not only is this a really inspiring story (especially for females), it's also a tremendous eye-opener about the world that exists outside the comforts that we know/take for granted. Many of our problems are nothing compared to the problems that Phiona and the rest of the children in the Katwe slum have to face. Tim did a good job getting the conditions of the slum across. Phiona is truly an underdog, and I think all students should read her story to expand their horizons/dream bigger.What I thin [...]

    3.5 starsSubtitled “A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster”, the book tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a girl from the Katwe slum area of Kampala, Uganda. Phiona’s aptitude for chess is spotted by an inspirational mentor, Robert Katende, and soon it offers her the tantalising possibility of finding a route out of poverty and hardship. She joins his group of “Pioneers” and it soon becomes obvious that she has a special talent.I really [...]

    This book was a beautiful story of a girl growing up in the slums overcoming all odds. It was very inspirational. I didn't love the writing style. The author jumped around a lot and it was hard to keep straight who he was talking about. They title is a little deceiving as there are so many other people the book is actually about. I found her mentor particularly inspiring. This book gave me a sense of thankfulness for the life I have. It also broke my heart for the people living in countries like [...]

    A very inspiring story. I hope that Phiona is able to leave the slums and go on to do great things and that those she meets are inspired to do the same. This story gave me a better idea of what it's like to live in extreme poverty. There are so many challenges and obstacles to overcome, but even small things can help by giving those people a voice and by giving them hope. It's inspired me to be more aware of what's happening in the world and try to do more to help.

    This was a fun read for me. Sports Outreach Institute is a ministry we've supported for 20 years. Among the many great ways they're serving some of the poorest of the poor around the world are projects of loving kids in the slums of Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya. While Soccer has always been a useful tool in bringing kids together, some kids aren't interested, so a leader had an idea. He pulled out a couple chess boards, started teaching kids how to play, and gained entre into the lives a w [...]

    This book was quite disappointing. The cover and synopsis make it look amazing and of amazing quality, but I really found it misleading. Sure, the story is beautiful, but the actual telling of the story was aggravating. They would start sentences with: Says Phiona:HOW DID THAT GET PUBLISHED?!?! It didn't only do that once, but throughout the book sentences and quotes were written like that. I also feel like sometimes the author had a great opportunity for an amazing, captivating paragraph openin [...]

    5 stars for Phiona - an amazing, talented young girl who lives in a slum in Kampala, Uganda and through hard work, perseverance and an incredible spirit, ends up playing against players from all over the world at the chess Olympiad in Russia. She is a true inspiration and her story needed to be told.2 stars for the book, which was difficult, choppy and often boring to read. It described in too much detail the lives of really random and irrelevant people who were involved in the periphery of Phio [...]

    Once I began reading this story, I was drawn into the amazing chain of events that brought Robert Katende and Fiona (Phiona) Mutesi together on a verandah in Katwe, one of several Kampala slums. To follow her from her first chess lessons to her successful championship performances is thrilling; to see her struggling with conflicts between the culture of poverty and “the world out there” is painful emotionally and psychologically. Katende was not only a chess teacher and coach, he became a LI [...]

    "The project was full of street kids. Kids who didn't go to school. Many were orphans. Some were homeless. All of them were desperate for guidance in their own way." ' Some of the kids challenged me initially, but I was certain I could handle any bad behavior because I had lived in the situation they were in,' Katende says. 'I told them I was not there to judge them, but to love them. I found that if you treated them with respect, you could open up a lot in their hearts. learned not to always do [...]

    This is a remarkable story, about a remarkable young lady. I happened upon this book after hearing about it on a podcast. Heidi Baker had watched the movie and recommended it. I saw that there was a book and I wanted to read the book first, before watching the movie. The movie is out on Netflix. Anyway, I highly recommend this book. Phiona's life has been very difficult; but by the grace of God, faith, hard work and divine providence she has made her way in the world. It's truly a remarkable sto [...]

    Anyone who knows me knows I'm not a big non-fiction reader. This read was for my book group. The topic sounded interesting so I thought I would leave comfort zone and try the non-fiction suggestion. I got about 40 pages in but I just could not get into the story. Up to where I stopped reading there were many characters being discussed but I had no idea how they were connected to Phiona and I never got to her story. During my book groups review, people who had read the book a second time said tho [...]

    The game of chess fascinates me and so do the people who play it. The cover caught my eye first. I had to know about this young girl from Katwe who became a campion. The story opens up on Sept 19th 2010 a prologue. Phiona’s wins a place on the Olympiad team. She doesn’t realize what that means. There is then a letter there she writes to her Mom explaining about the experience and some of what she has encountered.Then the story switches to a chapter titled Land of the Frogs. It gives a brief [...]

    The Queen of Katwe is an inspiring tale of a young Ugandan girl who learns chess in her slum and becomes one of the best players in her country.The book itself was well-written, starting with deep roots in both how Uganda became what it is at the start of the story, driven by instability during and after the reign of Idi Amin. It painted a vivid picture of the squalor and desperation of the residents of Katwe, as well as the pride of its people, for better or worse.The story is a good one, and I [...]

    Overall, this book was very good. However, I initially had a hard time getting into the story.When it comes to comparing the book to the movie, in this case the movie was better.The story of Phiona and her accomplishments in chess is amazing, considering where she came from.

    Inspiring story, but it felt like Phiona Mutesi was hardly mentioned in a book that was supposed to be about Phiona Mutesi.

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