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The Ugandan chess player is Phiona Mutesi (born c. 1996). At four female Chess Olympiads she represented Uganda and was one of the first female players in Uganda’s chess history. The 2012 book and 2016 film, Queen of Katwe’s, is the subject of Mutesi.
Mutesi was born in Katwe, the largest of Kampala ‘s eight slums and grew up in his neighbourhood.
Her dad died of AIDS when she was about three years old and her elder sister, Julia, died of unclear causes afterward. Mutesi left school when she was nine since her family couldn’t afford to send her.
Mutesi and Ivy Amoko were awarded the Women Candidate Master title in 2012 after scored 50% of nine Chess Olympiad matches in Istanbul, Turkey.
This made them Ugandan chess history’s first called women players. She was the first female player to win the open category of National Junior Chess in Uganda that same year.