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Enjoys sportsI recieved this book from the publisher via GR giveaway 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 areRobert 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 kidnap. Who had also grown p 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 Se.
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 sed to be an editor for Sports Illustrated it all made senseIf 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 Captivated by the Millionaire ueen of Katwe and title character in this book you might want to check Wikipedia and save yourself the trouble 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 startAs 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 onceIt was an easyick read I would recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of a heartwarming story has interest in homelessness and poverty or. Based on a popular ESPN magazine article selected by Dave Eggers for The Best American Nonreuired 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 UgandaPHIONA 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 2005 while searching for food nine year old Phiona followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende.
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Ping 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 nstable future outcome 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 people 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 soccerchess 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 My Mother, a Serial Killer unrelated and irrelevant parentgrandparent 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 o 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 pageOr if you want still facts as opposed to romantic speculations there are 25 of her games here Call me a cold bloodednpoetic chess player but try as I will I cannot see any of the amazing talent described for example in this article Sorry. Ptember 2010 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 The Italians Stolen Bride 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 Theeen of Katwe is an intimate and heartrending portrait of human life on the poor fringes of the twenty first centur.
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 ueen of Katwe the story