The Queen Of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl

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Now a major motion picture starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyongo and David Oyelowo, directed by Mira Nair.

The “astonishing” (The New York Times Book Review) and “inspirational” (Shelf Awareness) true story of Phiona Mutesi—a teenage chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda.

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” (NPR) and “riveting” (New York Post) book that shows how “Phiona’s story transcends the limitations of the chessboard” (Robert Hess, US Grandmaster).


  • QueenOfKatwe 01 Open

    Duration: 35s
  • QueenOfKatwe 02 Prologue

    Duration: 10min
  • QueenOfKatwe 03 Opening Ch1a

    Duration: 13min
  • QueenOfKatwe 04 Ch1b

    Duration: 19min
  • QueenOfKatwe 05 Ch2a

    Duration: 25min
  • QueenOfKatwe 06 Ch2b

    Duration: 22min
  • QueenOfKatwe 07 Ch2c

    Duration: 16min
  • QueenOfKatwe 08 Ch3

    Duration: 23min
  • QueenOfKatwe 09 Ch4

    Duration: 25min
  • QueenOfKatwe 10 Ch5

    Duration: 28min
  • QueenOfKatwe 11 Ch6a

    Duration: 26min
  • QueenOfKatwe 12 Ch6b

    Duration: 16min
  • QueenOfKatwe 13 Middlegame Ch7a

    Duration: 26min
  • QueenOfKatwe 14 Ch7b

    Duration: 18min
  • QueenOfKatwe 15 Ch8a

    Duration: 25min
  • QueenOfKatwe 16 Ch9a

    Duration: 27min
  • QueenOfKatwe 17 Ch9b

    Duration: 20min
  • QueenOfKatwe 18 Endgame Ch10a

    Duration: 17min
  • QueenOfKatwe 19 Ch10b

    Duration: 28min
  • QueenOfKatwe 20 Ch10c

    Duration: 27min
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