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|Nov-01-12|| ||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|| ||Stonehenge: Recent article:
|Dec-07-12|| ||Stonehenge: http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/cha...|
|Dec-14-12|| ||Naniwazu: Good luck Phiona on your further chess career and dreams :)|
|Dec-14-12|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||OhioChessFan: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/...|
|Mar-21-13|| ||IndigoViolet: Ridiculous, patronising nonsense.|
|Apr-05-13|| ||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|| ||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.
|Jan-20-14|| ||Gallicrow: Updated news on BBC site:
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.
|Apr-28-14|| ||twinlark: <Gallicrow>
When the title is earned by dint of ratings, yes. However, there are many circumstances in which players earn titles directly from single results.
FIDE's rules for this can be viewed at http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.h...
There are in fact unrated masters, eg: http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?...
|Aug-19-14|| ||PhilFeeley: <the school's chess team, got wide-eyed when she told them she played Garry Kasparov, one of the greatest players of all time.> Too bad that game's not here.|
|Aug-19-14|| ||OhioChessFan: The bio puts her at 20-21 but the BBC article says 18. Regardless, there has to be some point the performance follows the narrative. "She hopes to become.....a Grandmaster" is becoming as ironic here as it is on another bio I won't name.|
|Mar-29-15|| ||whiteshark: <"Queen of Katwe"> A short documentary about Phiona Mutesi : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7c9...|
|Apr-09-16|| ||twinlark: Lupita Nyong'o will play the part of Phiona in the upcoming movie about Phiona (see bio).|
|Apr-12-16|| ||PhilFeeley: What bothered me about the book and probably will about the film is the strong role of Christian missionaries in this story. It's Christians who will go into these areas, not Muslims and certainly not Donald Trump (or his ilk). It's Christian values such as compassion, forgiveness and love that are central to this story, and should be acknowledged and praised. Phiona herself is a Christian, and this should have been in the book, and should definitely be in the movie, but I won't hold my breath.|
|Jul-04-16|| ||OhioChessFan: I understand that the average non-player wouldn't understand the nuances of ELO ratings, but she's at 1622, not GM level as she claimed to be hoping for. Makes me wonder if I've fallen for a media campaign as performance unrealized as this one in some field I'm not familar with.|
|Jul-05-16|| ||alexmagnus: Well, with this low rating she is #3 woman (and #35 of both genders) in her country, so maybe it gave her false hopes.|
Apparently women don't play chess in Uganda much. The top rated Ugandan woman is at 1851, while the top rated man - Arthur Ssegwanyi - has 2366 and drew a game with Giri once.
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