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Phiona Mutesi
Number of games in database: 16
Years covered: 2010 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 1648
Highest rating achieved in database: 1686
Overall record: +4 -8 =4 (37.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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PHIONA MUTESI
(born 1993) Uganda

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Woman Candidate Master (2012). She is is Uganda's #3 female player and number 22 overall in that country.

Born in the Katwe area of the Ugandan capital of Kampala in the mid-90s (probably 1995 or 1996 rather than 1993 which is FIDE's official record) and still resident there, Phiona is three times women's junior champion of Uganda. She played on board 2 for Uganda at the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010) and again represented Uganda in the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012) in Istanbul scoring 4.5/9 (+3 =3 -3), her result landing her the Woman Candidate Master title. She and Ivy Claire Amoko share the honour of being the first Ugandan women to have won FIDE titles. Phiona has won the 3rd Edition Rwabushenyi Chess Championship - Women with 8/9 (+8 -1), and came 2nd in the Ugandan Women's championship with 8.5/10, losing only to the winner of the event, Grace Kigeni. In August 2012, she won the Ugandan National Junior Championship with 6/7, the first girl to do so.*

Disney has bought the movie rights to Crothers' book about Mutesi (see below for details of the book), and the money paid to her by Disney has enabled her and her family to buy some land. She hopes to become a doctor and a Grandmaster.

Book about Mutesi by Tim Crothers: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Q...; ESPN magazine article: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news...; article in the Sports Outreach Institute's website titled <The Queen of Katwe!>: http://www.sportsoutreach.net/phion... and video about Phiona in her home village: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=59...; *Vimeo of her receiving a cup for winning that event: http://vimeo.com/47450598; Article and video of Phiona at ChessDrum: http://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/20...;Wikipedia article: Phiona Mutesi; Chessbase article: <Phiona meets Kasparov>: http://chessbase.com/Home/TabId/211...


 page 1 of 1; 16 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Corbin vs P Mutesi  1-033 2010 Chess Olympiad (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
2. P Mutesi vs D Kagramanov 0-136 2010 Chess Olympiad (Women)B42 Sicilian, Kan
3. H Abera vs P Mutesi 0-136 2010 Chess Olympiad (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
4. P Mutesi vs S Rosalina 0-172 2010 Chess Olympiad (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. M Khaled vs P Mutesi  1-024 2010 Chess Olympiad (Women)A80 Dutch
6. V Da Vilhete vs P Mutesi  ½-½54 2010 Chess Olympiad (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
7. E Lin vs P Mutesi  1-045 2010 Chess Olympiad (Women)C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
8. Yeonhee Cho vs P Mutesi 0-125 2012 Chess Olympiad (Women)C45 Scotch Game
9. P Mutesi vs C Terubea  1-054 2012 Chess Olympiad (Women)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. T Ooft vs P Mutesi  ½-½31 2012 Chess Olympiad (Women)C45 Scotch Game
11. N Kremer vs P Mutesi  ½-½50 2012 Chess Olympiad (Women)C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
12. N Khan vs P Mutesi  1-031 2012 Chess Olympiad (Women)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
13. P Mutesi vs L Stoeri  0-129 2012 Chess Olympiad (Women)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. S Salim-Moussa vs P Mutesi  ½-½32 2012 Chess Olympiad (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
15. Zeleke Azeb Menassie vs P Mutesi 0-131 2012 Chess Olympiad (Women)C50 Giuoco Piano
16. A Lampard vs P Mutesi  1-062 2012 Chess Olympiad (Women)C20 King's Pawn Game
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Sep-11-12
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  twinlark: Apparently not. Katwa is where the extremely poor live.
Sep-12-12
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  Stonehenge: Perhaps CG should sponsor her.
Sep-12-12
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  wordfunph: nice chess set, go Phiona!
Sep-12-12  Dionysius1: I thought the board was the wrong way round for a while - the pink which is used for the white squares is darker than the gray used for the dark squares. Nice set though, absolutely.
Sep-13-12  Parbrahman: Even her name sounds chess-sy, as in pion (french) or peon (spanish) for "pawn."
Sep-13-12
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  OhioChessFan: Fabulous pic
Sep-14-12
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  monopole2313: Nice article in Reader's Digest, October 2012, by Tim Crothers.
Sep-14-12
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  perfidious: Much success to this young lady, beyond that which she has already achieved.
Nov-01-12
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  twinlark:

Congratulations to Phiona Mutesi for winning the WCM title. She and WCM Ivy Claire Amoko are the first women in Uganda to have won FIDE titles.

May this remarkable girl move on to greater successes in chess and in life, and hopefully find a life for herself and her family outside of Katwe.

Dec-06-12
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  Stonehenge: Recent article:

http://www.examiner.com/article/phi...

Dec-07-12
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  Stonehenge: http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/cha...
Dec-14-12
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  Naniwazu: Good luck Phiona on your further chess career and dreams :)
Dec-14-12
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  waustad: I was going to send in a correction slip about her date of borth, but it states in her wiki page that nobody really knows when she was born. For what it is worth, she's listed as having been born in 1993 on her FIDE card.
Feb-06-13
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  OhioChessFan: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/spo...
Feb-07-13  Fiona Macleod: she was born in a village. and she's not old. how come no one there remembers the date she was born? or at least the year? i mean, villagers know each other and remember events. unlike in cities where you do not even know what's happening with your next door neighbor.
Mar-02-13
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  twinlark: <Fiona Macleod>

She was born in Katwe, one of the most squalid slums in Africa. To call that a village makes about as much sense as calling Smoky Mountain a village. She and her family had to move several times within the slum as their belongings were constantly being stolen, a common occurrence in such places, so the sense of community that binds villages was almost entirely absent in the scrabble for survival.

People there were, and most likely still are, too concerned with the day to day basics of survival to worry about trivialities like birthdates or even birth years.

The sheer poverty and lack of opportunity in her life, apart from Robert Katende's chess outreach for kids, is one aspect of her story that makes it so wondrous. I recommend reading Tim Crother's book (see bio).

Mar-02-13
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  alexmagnus: Btw, it's nice to see there is organized chess competition in a country where the Junior champion is rated in 1600s.
Mar-02-13  IndigoViolet: <she was born in a village. and she's not old. how come no one there remembers the date she was born? or at least the year?>

You're assuming that most rural Africans use Western calendars and have the same conceptions of time as we do. I would doubt that celebrating birthdays is part of traditional indigenous cultures.

Mar-21-13
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  OhioChessFan: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/...
Mar-21-13  IndigoViolet: Ridiculous, patronising nonsense.
Apr-05-13
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  OhioChessFan: http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/a...
Apr-07-13  Kanatahodets: More people like this girl and Africa may prosper one day. Don't give money, they anyway will be stolen. Just play chess!
Apr-07-13  John Abraham: Very brave young lady. She is an inspiration, a glimmer of hope in a sea of adversity
Apr-12-13
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  Thanh Phan: Ugandan chess prodigy enthralls Norfolk students

During her visit, Mutesi rarely talked chess strategy. The high school students, some of whom play on the school's chess team, got wide-eyed when she told them she played Garry Kasparov, one of the greatest players of all time.

"Were you scared?" a student asked her about the hour long match she ultimately lost.

"No," Mutesi said, smiling. "I wasn't scared. I was so happy."

Much of Mutesi's visit focused on how students could use chess to improve their lives. The game teaches decision-making, endurance, and problem-solving.

"I can't imagine an obstacle that you guys could face that you couldn't put those skills to work," said Kevin Monroe, Booker's principal. http://hamptonroads.com.nyud.net/20...

Jan-20-14  Gallicrow: Updated news on BBC site:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-afr...

A Woman Candidate Master is supposed to be around FIDE 2000. Personally I think Phiona is a long way short of that, judging by her most recent games.

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